South Carolina AG vs. The People Who Want Pot

South Carolina’s top two law enforcement officials held a news conference at the State House on Wednesday to build opposition to the legalization of medical marijuana in the Palmetto State.

Attorney General Alan Wilson joined State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel to rally opposition to the Compassionate Care Act. They were joined by representatives of the S.C. Medical Association, the S.C. Sheriff’s Association and others in a coalition to lobby against bills in both the House and Senate.

“This bill basically decriminalizes marijuana” Wilson said. “We need to think long and hard before we jump into this issue.”

South Carolina is poised to become the 34th state to legalize marijuana for medical use after the Compassionate Care Act advanced out of committee to the floor of both the House and Senate last year. Time ran out in the legislative session, however, before the issue could be debated by the General Assembly as a whole.

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