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Money woes? Legalize hemp and cannabis


So Columbia needs $100 million for the Columbia canal, broken in the October storm. More than likely we will go to Washington seeking relief instead of divorcing ourselves from archaic laws that stifle revenue within our own state.

Laws against hemp and cannabis need to be stricken from statutes quickly. To date, four states (Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska) have removed those laws, and their citizens are reaping tremendous benefit, including a decrease in both crime and arrest rates. Another major benefit those states have seen is a massive bump in tax and fee revenues from cannabis businesses.


Marijuana Legalization South Carolina: Could State Legalize Medical Pot?

South Carolina could be among the next states to legalize medical marijuana in the coming year after a state Senate subcommittee passed an initial bill on Sept. 24 allowing qualified patients to possess limited amounts of the drug.


SC Medical marijuana bills poised for debate in House and Senate


Proponents for medical marijuana believe it could soon be legal in South Carolina. Bills introduced in the State House of Representatives and the State Senate last session are currently in subcommittee and are up for discussion next session. 

An Upstate woman is pushing hard for the legislation to pass which would legalize the entirety of the marijuana plant, not just the cannibidiol oil, which was legalized last year. 

Emily McSherry suffers from a genetic blood disorder which causes her seizures. She said she tried several prescription medicines to control the seizures, but side effects included depression and suicidal thoughts. She said those severely disrupted her ability to parent and function properly. 


Hillary Clinton Call for Lowering Federal Restrictions on Marijuana

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton responds to a question from Roland Martin, host of TV One's News One Now, during a town hall meeting at Claflin University in Orangeburg, S.C.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposed reclassifying marijuana to allow research into medical use of the drug, according to NewsOne.

Clinton noted that several states have legalized marijuana, and she would like to see how it works there before taking that step at the federal level.


Hemp, the sober cannabis cousin to marijuana, is making waves in SC

Walk along the aisles of Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, Earth Fare or health food and supplement specialty stores and you’ll see hemp seeds, hemp protein powder, hemp milk and hemp oil.

Hemp versus marijuana

Both hemp and marijuana come from the same plant cannabis sativa, but the difference between the two basically lies in its level of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which in higher concentrations produces a euphoria or high.


Expert: Marijuana 'wax' more addictive and dangerous


A dangerous form of marijuana is growing in popularity. 

"Wax" or "dabs" is a highly concentrated form of marijuana, and experts warn making it could be as dangerous as making methamphetamine. 

Cooked with butane, the marijuana forms a wax-like substance and can be smoked. The drug has a much more concentrated amount of THC - the element of marijuana that produces a high - as much as 40 percent more than a regular marijuana joint. 

"If you bought really quality marijuana you're probably getting 15 percent THC," said Carol Reeves with Greenville Family Partnership, a local drug prevention organization. "With wax you can get as much as a 60 percent concentration."


Qualifying Conditions For Cannabis By State


Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Alaska include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain
  • Seizures

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Alaska’s application for medical marijuana registry



Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Arizona include:


Historic Day – First Sales of Recreational Marijuana in Manzanita

Oregon, Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and the District of Columbia have voted to legalize marijuana, but the October. 1 start date means the state has become the third state where marijuana is offered for recreational sale.

At present, only “dispensaries”-outlets which had formerly been exclusively committed to distribution of marijuana for medical uses-are permitted to sell marijuana, pending the release of a system for regulating outlets exclusively devoted to distributing marijuana for purely recreational use”.

In Madras, all three dispensaries plan on selling recreational marijuana, but city law stipulates they open no earlier than 8 a.m. Prineville, where one dispensary is located, and La Pine, with two, does not allow recreational marijuana sales.


South Carolina: Marijuana summit advocates against the use of medical marijuana

As the issue of whether or not to legalize medical marijuana continues to gain attention, one local organization believes marijuana should not be legal.

A summit on Thursday, hosted by Circle Park Behavioral Health Services in Florence, aimed to educate educators, parents and law enforcement about marijuana risks.

The State Law Enforcement Division led that discussion as they were very critical as what many believe are benefits to legalizing medical marijuana.

“I think it’s really important for parents to be talking about it with their kids as well.  I have a 17-year-old and 15-year-old,” said Cindy Averitt.

Averitt is the mother of two high school kids and member of the Florence County Coalition for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention.


SC man dies after choking on bag of marijuana

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Authorities say a man from Richland County died after he choked on a bag of marijuana after a traffic stop.

WIS-TV reports that a review from the prosecutor's office found that Zachary McDaniels died after the bag of marijuana lodged in his throat, cutting off air to his brain. He suffered from a brain injury and cardiac arrest. His family took him off life support on Sept. 6.

The Richland County Sheriff's Office said McDaniels and another man stole a car from a shopping center and deputies tried to pull them over. The men fled on foot, but McDaniels was caught. Authorities say after he was in custody, he started having trouble breathing.


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