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1 US SC: Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of California HealthcareThu, 19 Jan 2017
Source:State, The (SC) Author:Doyle, Michael Area:South Carolina Lines:51 Added:01/19/2017

President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective.

In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the 36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.

He is identified as Richard by the White House and Bureau of Prisons, but has also been known as Ricardo. The White House listed his hometown as Escalon.

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2 US SC: Pew Research Center Poll Finds Two-thirds Of Cops ThinkThu, 12 Jan 2017
Source:State, The (SC) Author:Ingraham, Christopher Area:South Carolina Lines:72 Added:01/12/2017

A Pew Research Center survey of nearly 8,000 police officers finds that more than two-thirds of them say that marijuana use should be legal for either personal or medical use.

The nationally representative survey of law enforcement, one of the largest of its kind, found that 32 percent of police officers said marijuana should be legal for medical and recreational use, while 37 percent said it should be legal for medical use only. Another 30 percent said that marijuana should not be legal at all.

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3 US SC: SC Lawmakers Call For Patients To Have Access To MedicalTue, 10 Jan 2017
Source:State, The (SC)          Area:South Carolina Lines:64 Added:01/11/2017

S.C. legislators are gearing up for another fight over a bill that would allow the legal use of medical marijuana in the Palmetto State.

A half-dozen lawmakers Tuesday made their first order of business on the session's opening day the unveiling of the S.C. Compassionate Care Act.

The bill would allow South Carolinians with "debilitating medical conditions" to use medical pot, when approved by a doctor.

Last year, bipartisan efforts to legalize medical marijuana died in House and Senate committees. That effort was opposed by law enforcement officials, who said they feared that legalizing medical marijuana would lead to more pot being available in the state for non-medical uses.

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4 US SC: Child Who Inspired Cannabidiol Law Receives First DosesTue, 10 Jan 2017
Source:State, The (SC) Author:Mcnab, Matt Area:South Carolina Lines:105 Added:01/10/2017

Mary Louise received her first dose of CBD oil Saturday, about four months after the bill allowing children to receive the oil extracted from marijuana was signed into law. The oil helps children like Mary Louise with severe epilepsy control their seizures.

It took only a simple phrase to see how Mary Louise Swing's life would improve from cannabidiol.

On vacation with family in Myrtle Beach last weekend, Mary Louise stunned her mother, Jill, and a roomful of relatives with a simple "Hi everybody" as she got out of bed.

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