Rep. Bill Herbkersman believes he has found a way to replenish South
Carolina's farming industry, re-establish textile mills and do the
environment some good in the process.
It's just not quite legal yet.
Herbkersman, R-Bluffton, is proposing a committee to study whether
South Carolina should pursue "authorization of the cultivation and
production of industrial hemp."
The challenge, he said, will be to convince lawmakers there's a
significant difference between industrial hemp and its cannabis
cousin, marijuana - and that the potential benefits are worth a deeper look.
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$10 Million Would Go Toward 'Drug Courts'
State government should commit $39 million to jump-start a full-scale
war on methamphetamine, a group of Illinois House Republicans said
Friday, admitting the state's tight budget could make that difficult.
But, said Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, "The bottom line is we're going
to have to bite the bullet."
Rose is co-chair of the House Republican Methamphetamine Task Force,
which held public meetings last summer to develop a strategy for
combating the use and production of drugs, including meth.
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The DARE program will continue through the end of the school year, if not
"What's going to happen in the future is still full of question marks,"
said Winona police officer Kevin Kearney, who teaches the Drug Abuse
Resistance Education program to area fifth-graders.
After the city of Winona cut DARE funding last year, Kearney led months of
fund raising to keep the program alive.
Kearney taught DARE to eight classes at Winona Middle School, St.
Stanislaus and St. Matthew's.
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