SC Democratic June ballot to ask about marijuana

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COLUMBIA — The South Carolina Democratic primary ballot in June will ask voters whether they support legalizing medical marijuana to treat severe illnesses.

House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford said Wednesday he wanted it on the ballot so the Legislature’s Republican leaders could see what voters think of the issue.
He has proposed legislation allowing patients certified by a doctor as suffering a debilitating illness to use marijuana. Last week, the House rejected his effort to attach it to a bill allowing patients with severe epilepsy to legally possess nonpsychoactive cannabidiol, known as CBD oil, which is derived from marijuana.

That limited bill, sponsored by Republicans, passed the chamber 90-24, a week after the Senate passed a similar – but even more restrictive – version.

While the House defeated Rutherford’s amendment, legislators of both parties encouraged him to re-introduce his measure next year. Patients it would allow to use marijuana include those suffering from cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and chronic pain.

“I don’t know how we can continue to deprive families of what many consider miracle medicine,” said Rutherford, D-Columbia. Let’s “put patients in the hands of a doctor, not the Legislature.”

The advisory question on medical marijuana is among five asked on the Republican and Democratic ballots June 10. Two others on the Democratic ballot deal with gambling.

Republican voters will be asked about abortion and eliminating the state income tax. The state Election Commission gave the parties until noon Wednesday to submit their questions.

The agency charged the state GOP Party $2,500 and the Democratic party a $3,500 fee for adding the questions to their ballots, said agency spokesman Chris Whitmire.

How voters respond to primary questions do not necessarily translate to legislative action. But they are traditionally a way to get voters to the polls.

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oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 04/10/14 - 06:06 am
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Pot heads
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House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford does not know that the Feds already have a POT program, has for years. I guess that since Obama admitted he is a pot head every retard in the country wants to get on the bandwagon. We have a system in this country that uses the FDA and AMA that can and will produce any drug that can be clinically proven to have an efficacy for a real medical disease. Pot heads like Rutherford and Obama just want to have pot on demand just like Colorado and Washington have done. Get it in “under the tent flap” as “medical pot” then though the doors wide open to all.

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wmarkw 04/10/14 - 07:12 am
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Again

Before the ignorant statements commence (whooooops there's one already) you need to watch this video. If people want this for pain then let them have it; it's better than the alternative, 100% fact. The almighty US of A has the patent to CBDs so it has to be medically proven? Right?? Take another Vicodin and go back to sleep sheeps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2SpiaHJ41g

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 04/10/14 - 08:01 am
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The majority of people
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The majority of people between the ages of 18 and 64 have at least tried marijuana. 48% of all adults have tried it (22% of those over age 65 trying it brings the average down). Just like the old racists died out and views on race changed, and views changing on gay marriage as the old die off, views on pot laws will change as the demographics change.

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reader54 04/10/14 - 09:22 am
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well said, Bod

Everybody that has a drink daily is not an alcoholic, nor a toker a Pothead. The concept of Gov. being involved in the Practice of Medicine is illogical, impractical and silly. There's an avalanche of indisputable evidence of the medical benefits if one cares to educate themselves. Besides, what's so wrong about a toke to just "chill"? Oh, you've been indoctrinated and don't know it ? Sad.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 04/10/14 - 11:00 pm
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So, if you have a horrible disease that does not have a cure yet, you want to go to a drug dealer and cop some dope? No regard for what is in it or how it was processed of if it is even the type of dope the dealer claims it to be? Well, I can cure your cancer, aids or even the bull head clap, just take this stuff I will sell you in a back alley. Don’t put any faith in the FDA or the AMA, you know the folks who helped stop so many diseases and helped produce so many wonder drugs I won’t list them here, you would not agree anyway.

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