CSC Patient Advocate Margaret Rodriquez: Medical Marijuana’s Documented Benefits

As a cancer patient living in South Carolina, I was shocked and saddened by Laura Hudson’s fallaciously titled July 10 column, “Exposing the Lies About Marijuana Legalization.”  In an effort to maintain our state’s prohibition on marijuana for medical use, she attempts to convince readers that millions of South Carolinians are mistaken in their support of allowing legal access to medical marijuana.  More disturbingly, she accuses supporters like me of being liars or dupes. I simply cannot sit by and allow these claims to go unaddressed.

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Your Vote Counts Tomorrow

The Republican Primary Election is tomorrow, Tuesday June 26th, and this is another chance to support those who support medical cannabis in South Carolina. Residents are eligible to vote if they are registered and did NOT vote using the Democratic ballot in the June 12th Primary Election. To see if you are registered to vote, click here. Specific instructions on the June 26 Runoff are available here. Be sure to get out and vote tomorrow!

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SC Primary Elections – Gubernatorial Candidates

The Primary elections in South Carolina are tomorrow and the polls are open beginning at 7am. This is an opportunity for medical cannabis advocates to vote for like-minded candidates seeking ballot spots for the November general election for state governor and members of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Since South Carolina does not have voter registration by party, when checking in, voters will be asked which primary they wish to vote in. If it’s the Democratic primary, one of two advisory questions on the ballot will ask if the voter supports a state law allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. The Republican primary does not include any medical marijuana questions.

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Compassionate Care Act (H3521) Heading to the House Floor

The House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs (3M) Committee overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana bill on Thursday in a vote of 14-3, sending it to the full House for consideration! The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, known as H 3521 in the House, would allow seriously ill patients to use marijuana to treat their conditions with a recommendation from their doctors.

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Crossover Date Has Arrived

There are several key dates during the often-complex process of passing legislation, and today, April 10, is one of them. Known as the “crossover date,” it is the date by which a bill must pass out of the chamber from which it started. If a bill starts in the House, it has pass out of the House by April 10. If a bill started in the Senate, it would need to pass out of the Senate by that same date.

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Opioids by JD Shepherd

In 1990, the word of the year was Bushlips. Not a flattering term, it was a reference to President HW Bush’s reneging of the promise of “no new taxes!” That same year I sat in a DARE class, led by a Gainesville city police officer, and learned all about the dangers of cocaine, crystal meth, LSD, mushrooms and of course marijuana.

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