The number of hemp farmers in SC is growing fast. How high will it
Less than a year into the program, the number of farmers growing hemp
in South Carolina could double.
That's because the South Carolina Department of Agriculture is making
more permits available for farmers looking to participate in the
Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.
The SCDA will select up to 40 farmers to receive permits to grow
industrial hemp. That's twice the amount of the 20 farmers chosen in
the inaugural year of the program.
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As a family medicine and public-health physician practicing in South
Carolina for the past 40 years, I see the proposed system for making
marijuana available for evidence-based medical treatments as severely
S.212 provides for a wholly unnecessary system of marijuana
cultivation centers, processing sites and dispensaries. The Federal
Drug Administration is already working with the federal Drug
Enforcement Authority to increase legitimate research on marijuana
products for medical use, and the DEA has a well-established system to
handle prescription narcotics.
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Former U.S. attorney for South Carolina Bill Nettles is calling for a
public referendum on medical marijuana.
Nettles heads Palmetto Medical Cannabis LLC, a group advocating for
the legalization of medical cannabis in South Carolina.
"I think it is important that our state Democratic and Republican
parties allow primary voters to be heard on the important issue of
legalization of medical marijuana for seriously ill patients in our
state," he said.
Nettles cited polling data showing 78 percent of South Carolinians
support the legalized use of marijuana.
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Medical marijuana cleared a key committee on Thursday and headed to
the floor of the S.C. Senate.
But the 8-6 vote by the Senate Medical Affairs Committee came as
enforcement leaders are hardening their opposition, saying it is
another step toward legalized recreational marijuana in the Palmetto
"That's what we've seen in every state," State Law Enforcement
Division Chief Mark Keel told The State after the committee vote.
"There's not a state that hasn't (gone) in steps. And we've seen our
state go through the same steps. From CDB oil to hemp to medical
marijuana to recreational marijuana. And that's what we've seen in
every state . So I have no reason to think its going to be any
different in ours."
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When Mack Hudson of Lexington was 16 years old, he was paralyzed when
he fractured his skull, broke his neck and shattered a key vertebrae
in a car wreck.
Over the past 10 years, he's been prescribed increasing doses of
opioids -- Percocet and Roxycodone to alleviate the pain.
"It messes with my head," he said. "I can't think straight. I can't
function straight. I'm just not myself."
So Hudson traveled to California and Colorado to experiment with
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An S.C. Senate panel quickly killed a proposal Tuesday that would have
created a study committee to research the effects of cannabidiol oil
- -- an active ingredient found in marijuana -- on prison inmates with
physical and mental illnesses.
The oil -- used sometimes in place of prescription drugs -- can be an
effective treatment for people who suffer from epilepsy, schizophrenia
and seizures, supporters say.
Originally suggested as a pilot program by state Rep. Mike Pitts, S.C.
House budget writers adopted the proviso -- or one-year rule -- as
part of the House's 2018-'19 budget proposal in March.
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South Carolina could allow prison inmates with physical or
mental-health issues to be treated with cannabidiol oil, an active
ingredient found in marijuana plants.
The S.C. House budget-writing committee OK'd an amendment Tuesday that
would authorize the S.C. Department of Corrections to start a pilot
program to study the effects of cannabidiol oil use on inmates.
South Carolina already has a law -- Julian's Law -- that allows
patients with certain forms of epilepsy to use cannabidiol oil.
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A man and woman were charged with child neglect after an infant girl
tested positive for marijuana, according to media reports.
Daniel Chambers, 42, and Ashley Willard, 24, both of Union County,
were charged Tuesday with unlawful neglect of a child, according to
FOX Carolina in Greenville.
Willard tested positive for marijuana on Jan. 13, wspa.com reports.
Union County deputies say that prompted the S.C. Department of Social
Services to test a hair sample from the child the same day, according
Deputies were notified on Jan. 31, that the baby tested positive for
marijuana, according to WSPA.
Willard and Chambers were released from jail Tuesday on $5,000 bond
each, according to Union County court records.
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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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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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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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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