Medical marijuana a quixotic tilt for straitlaced Beaufort senator

Medical marijuana a quixotic tilt for straitlaced Beaufort senator

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Call it reefer madness. Sen. Tom Davis, the straitlaced Republican with the looks of a Boy Scout, stands before his colleagues in Columbia at the start of each Senate session and morphs into Cheech and Chong. Or at least that’s the way it seems by the reaction the Beaufort attorney got this session in his new push to expand medical marijuana use in South Carolina. The S.C. Medical Marijuana Program Act sponsored by Davis and Orangeburg Democrat Brad Hutto got shot down in committee this year. It was opposed by the chief of the State Law Enforcement Division and the S.C. Medical Association. Not to mention Baptists and socially conservative Upstate legislators. SLED thinks it’s a slippery slope to recreational pot use. Some physicians don’t want to recommend something that is against federal law. Others say it hasn’t been proven that cannabis is legitimate medicine. And one said it will lead to children dying while their stoned parents sit on the couch watching TV and eating all the food in the house. So why does the choir boy look-alike waste his breath — and political capital — on the weed? For starters, it’s not the same weed that — with all due respect to our chief law enforcement officer — has already slipped down every slope in the state. What Davis is pushing is tight control — electronic tracking from seed to sales — of licensed, verified, documented medical marijuana that only a doctor could prescribe. There would be licensed dispensaries and a visit to a doctor. All told, it would cost more than pot on the street. So much for the recreational bonanza. For a libertarian like Davis, this is a lot of government control. Yet, right after the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of each day […]

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