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Legalization of marijuana

I support the full legalization and regulation of marijuana for responsible adult use. South Carolina should join the growing number of states that have legalized, regulated, and taxed marijuana. Additionally, nonviolent marijuana-related offenses should be automatically expunged with legalization.

 

Short of full legalization, I support the decriminalization of simple possession of marijuana.  Far too many lives have been negatively impacted due to harsh penalties associated with simple possession—a nonviolent offense.  Additionally, studies indicate that people of all races use marijuana at the statically same rate; however, Black and brown people are prosecuted for marijuana-related offenses at a disproportionately high rate.  The decriminalization of simple possession of marijuana is one step we must take to create a more just criminal justice system. 

Furthermore, in regards to current legislation, I strongly support the S.C. House Compassionate Care Act, which would allow patients to access medical cannabis when prescribed by their health care provider. This is a bipartisan piece of legislation that passed the SC Senate, but, unfortunately, failed in the SC House due to procedural moves.

 

In the South Carolina House of Representatives, I will fight to pass the Compassionate Care Act as well as additional legislation to join the growing list of states and territories that have fully legalized and regulated marijuana.   

Finally, I am proud to receive an “A” rating from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).