Letter: Time has come to legalize medical marijuana

by | July 16, 2017 4:43 pm

Last Updated: July 16, 2017 at 7:50 pm

It is time for us to take a stand on the issue of medical marijuana.
I support the legalization of medical marijuana. I should not decide who can be helped by this plant and who can’t. It is just a matter of time before the federal government will rule in favor. The majority of the states have decided to do so. That does not mean South Carolina should do it because of other states doing it.
We should do it for a compassionate reason: Too many kids and adults can be helped. I have several friends and, in particular, my law enforcement friends who are against it. Some of these friends are in elected positions.
I understand their concerns, and I am respectful of what they think. We have never come close to winning the War on Drugs. At least we can control some of it this way. Maybe this will help with our heroin and opiate madness we are involved with nationwide. I agree this could open the door to legalizing it across the board, but at least we can try.

MOYE GRAHAM
Chairman
Clarendon County GOP

comments » 39

  1. Comment by Deven D David

    July 17, 2017 at 19:10

    I strongly support the legalization of medical marijuana. So many people could be helped.

  2. Comment by HH

    July 17, 2017 at 21:04

    I strongly support legalizing it. Smoking marijuana helps with A LOT more than people think and is better than being dependent on a pill that’s addicting. I think it would stop a lot of the harder drugs and problems around SC. How many people do you know have died from smoking marijuana..? Exactly. It’s time to make it legal, c’mon. It relaxes you, so many things and it’s illegal while some things are legal that shouldn’t be for sure.

  3. Comment by Pamela Morgan

    July 17, 2017 at 21:26

    I strongly support the legalization of medical marijuana. My husband suffers from early onset dementia, internal shingles and bells palsy. These are all conditioms that can be relieved with medical marijuana. Is it a cure? No, however; why should peoole have to suffer if there is an option that provides some relief even if for only a short time. There are so many people with debilitating diseases who can benefit from the soothing tendencies of medical marijuanna.

  4. Comment by Brian Thomas

    July 17, 2017 at 21:38

    Well written letter Mr Moye. I have ever struggled with this issue for a while, until I saw the difference it makes in people. Children with epilepsy. Veterans with PTSD. The list is unending. Our pharmaceutical industry slings poisons put of drive thru windows at us without hesitation, most of these cause side effects as bad if not worse than the condition it treats, including higher risks of stroke, cancers and even suicidal tendency. I don’t use marijuana, but I have taken the time to see who this drug can help. Ultimately if it helps one child. Ease the pain of one grandma. Calm the mind of a veteran who has seen things I can only imagine. Then who am I to deny them this help? Who are we to deny people common compassion? It is time to put aside our preconceived notions of “weed” and pass this bill.

  5. Comment by Rhoda Wilson

    July 17, 2017 at 21:40

    My child has epilepsy. I would appreciate finding out how this could help him. Other drugs have terrible side effects. I would love to learn more to help him and others with this condition.

  6. Comment by Rhoda Wilson

    July 17, 2017 at 21:41

    My child has epilepsy. I would appreciate finding out how this could help him. Other drugs have terrible side effects. I would love to learn more to help him and others with this condition. I support this.

  7. Comment by Debbie Royer

    July 17, 2017 at 22:15

    I so agree with all the reasons we should legalize medical marijuana that Mr. Graham shared, My father had Parkinson’s for 10 years and if he could have been given medical marijuana, it would have been so much better on his health than taking so many pharmaceutical drugs with bad side effects. Too many studies have shown the good it could do. I agree, it’s time!

  8. Comment by Nancy Nickells

    July 17, 2017 at 22:29

    I support the legalization of marijuana if it’ll help people. I just don’t want it to get out-of-hand.

  9. Comment by Danny J. Coonce

    July 17, 2017 at 22:42

    Mr. Graham , You have written an article that should have been taken into consideration Years ago if not decades. Back in the 80’s I first came into contact with someone that had Glaucoma. He had a prescription for legalized Marijuana . It was the first time that I had heard of this. He smoked at home or in private afire a hard day or when the pressure in His eyes became severe and it really helped his condition and also the stress. He new that He would be blind and fight this forever but this drug actually made a difference. Since then I personally have leaned of so many uses for Marijuana in the Medical field to help with so many debilitating diseases. I as a young Guy from the 60’s and 70’s have smoked Marijuana and have fought this issue in my mind on both sides of the fence. But legalization of medical marijuana is something that I have favored for the last 20 years and will continue to do so. Some of the Legal Drugs that people are taking from their Pharmacy have caused so many other side affects that you should wonder how they were ever considered to be a safe drug in the first place. I strongly support the Legalization of Medical Marijuana and it should be Legalized.

  10. Comment by Sharon Storck

    July 17, 2017 at 22:46

    I agree it is time to legalize medical marijuana, the THC is removed so the addictive part of it is not an issue. I would much rather put a natural medicine in my body than some of these caustic, harmful drugs we have on the market now. medical marijuana has been shown to help with nausea in cancer pts and to increase appetite. ( calories help heal!) so many anti emetics have e such dangerous side effects as severe low blood pressure, confusion, severe drowsiness. I once slept for 12 hrs after taking a HALF of a Phenergan! instead of investing millions on new pills with dangerous side effects, its time we look into legalizing medical marijuana. it has shown to be effective in treating some seizure disorders, as well. when nothing else has worked. why continue to add drug after drug when we can try one med action to alleviate a serious medical condition or symptom. the drug companies don’t want it legalized because there is nothing in it for them. no big favor from Congress for big pharma. we need to give the citizens fo SC an opportunity to utilize all available options for treatment, it’s time give kids and those suffering from chronic or even terminal conditions a chance at obtaining some relief from severe nausea, epilepsy, even to help with eating disorders. the citizens of SC need every opportunity to improve their health, and if this helps without having to put some dangerous, caustic chemical in my child’s body or my terminally ill family memebr why not? if you look up th history of marijuana and WHY it was initially declared illegal you will see it was done so because certain races (Sikh Mexican)) of people were using it and the US government and state government of California didn’t like it, other states soon followed. we need to realize that marijuana has some genuine medical properties and allow its use when medically necessary. it is time to get out of the past and look to the future in medical care.

  11. Comment by Sue Sanders

    July 17, 2017 at 23:02

    Doctors here in Georgia and numerous states may prescribe medical marijuana to treat

    Muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis
    Nausea from cancer chemotherapy
    Poor appetite and weight loss caused by chronic illness, such as HIV, or nerve pain
    Seizure disorders
    Crohn’s disease
    PTSD
    AIDS,
    Alzheimer’s disease,
    autism,
    autoimmune disease,
    epidermolysis bullosa,
    HIV,
    peripheral neuropathy
    and Tourette’s syndrome.

    SC It is time fo to put aside our preconceived notions of “weed” and pass this bill. This is federally illegal, yet tobacco and alcohol is not. Let that sink in
    Cannabis is illegal, because it would destroy the pharmaceutical industry and the profits associated with it. BECAUSE IT HEALS!!!.
    The controlled corrupt corporate world of BIG PHARM… They don’t heal people, they create customers

    South Carolina you have to make this available to those who medically need it.

  12. Comment by Leah

    July 17, 2017 at 23:04

    Let me begin by saying that I am very conflicted about this issue. I have serious concerns about legalization. As one who worked in law enforcement for 3 years i have seen first hand the destructive forces that drugs have on society. I know for a fact that drugs are NOT a victimless crime.

    With that said, my heart has begun to shift on the use of marijuana for medical purposes. I have seen video after video of people suffering from horrible diseases and PTSD experience amazing relief from its properties. I have also seen the horrible side effects of prescription drugs. I can not reconcile withholding a naturally occurring medication from people simply because it has an effect on mental capacity and that we have been conditioned to view it as evil. There are lots of prescription drugs that also have an effect on mental capacity, yet they are prescribed everyday. What makes those socially acceptable and a plant that doesn’t require much processing not acceptable.

    With all of that said, I believe that we should exercise great caution and wisdom before we cast off restraint. For many this is a gateway drug that leads to the use of harder drugs. That is a fact. No one starts out with heroin. Also, I believe those that are already in the business should remain in it, for it to not be taken over by the government, just heavily regulated. It is my understanding that states that have legalized the recreational use have experienced a spike in welfare distribution because of the deadbeats that move there to enjoy freely the use of pot. It is also my understanding that once legal medical use has been made, the door is then opened to legal recreational use as well. I am certainly against that. I do not believe we should cast off restraint as in Amsterdam where you can’t go down the road with out smelling it.

    I have much more that I could say about this subject, however, I am going to hold my peace for now.

  13. Comment by Frank petty

    July 17, 2017 at 23:09

    I strongly support medical marijuana I have been working with veterans for many years with many medical problems I am a Vietnam veteran and served in the jungles were agent orange was heavily sprayed I have had three close friends that have died from cancer is resulting from agent orange I am talking about hard working every day people medical marijuana help them with their lives and their daily pain but they kept going on just the other day I had a call from another friend agent orange attacked his kidneys if he does not get a kidney he will die medical marijuana helps him with his pain I watch my brother with Parkinson’s try and live a normal life before he die if medical marijuana was available then it would’ve helped him try to achieve a normal life I do not support marijuana for to be used as pleasure I do support medical marijuana to help anybody that have a medical condition that will help it is the right thing to do

  14. Comment by Kara Hyden

    July 17, 2017 at 23:10

    If doctors and pharmacists are giving out opiates to people, especially children to help with seizures and other medical issues but we can’t give them medical marijuana which will not have long lasting effects, like opiates do how is that right? Our country has such a huge problem with amphetamine and opiate usage but yet pharmaceutical companies push more of those drugs at people yet condem marijuana, I fully support the legalization of marijuana for medical use, this could be the key to helping so many people and help with the war on drugs.

  15. Comment by Elaine Wood

    July 17, 2017 at 23:19

    I agree with Moye Graham. Legalizing medical Marijuana can not only help with chronic pain but it can also help with seizures. Seeing the grateful faces of parents of a child not go through seizures daily can only bring continued hope that these small bodies and minds no longer suffer such devastation. Seeing someone with Parkinsons not shake any more can only mean a more healthy lifestyle. For myself, having MS, would mean less pain and no more powerful drugs, more strength in my arms and legs, less fatigue but most of all a normal way of life to actually be able to enjoy .

  16. Comment by James kind

    July 17, 2017 at 23:56

    I strongly agree on the legalization of marijuana it can help for medical reasons as helps the economy grow . Liquor has be legal for ages & killed so many people due to alcohol poison ,Drunk driving . how many stories have you heard about some one overdosing on marijuana? not one

  17. Comment by Robert Lewis

    July 18, 2017 at 00:53

    The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana may help people with many chronic conditions. There is simply no reason for South Carolina to not approve medical marijuana and I hope our General Assembly will do so next year.

  18. Comment by Kathy Duncan

    July 18, 2017 at 04:11

    Yes, I strongly agree that medical marijuana should be legal for use by patients in need.

  19. Comment by Shery Smith

    July 18, 2017 at 06:01

    I support the legalization of MEDICAL marijuana. There is too much scientific and anecdotal evidence proving the benefits that this product can and does provide to so many people who are in pain or suffering other medical conditions such as seizures, MS, and cancer. We must move past the stigma of ‘smoking weed’ and realize this is not the same.

  20. Comment by Representative Lin Bennett

    July 18, 2017 at 07:37

    There was a time when I also had my doubts. But after MUSC research and talking with doctors regarding this I have determined that Medical Marijauna is needed. Now. We already dispense chemical medications that have strong side effects. Many if these side effects are dangerous. As for the addiction, we already have a problem with prescribed chemical medications. Under a doctor’s care this medication can be closely monitored. That’s where it all should be monitored.

    The results of research studies on the use of marijauna as a medical treatment is undeniable. We should be doing all we can to help those that are sick and suffering. I would encourage you to research these studies and note the amazing effects on those going through Chemo therapy, suffering seizures, dealing with Parkinson’s, and many other other illnesses. I’d also recommend checking out some of the studies that haven’t been completed but are showing promising results.

    We aren’t talking about people sitting on the side of the street getting high. The medical properties of marijuana can be dispensed in many forms…. pills and oils. And they work. It is time to help those that would benefit from this treatment.

    God bless all that are struggling with this decision and those that are suffering from illness that will be helped by getting this treatment.

  21. Comment by Frances McClary

    July 18, 2017 at 07:51

    I favor full legalization of marijuana. Prohibition is not working, we have lost the “War” on drugs. We are waging war on our own citizens.

  22. Comment by Robert Alt

    July 18, 2017 at 08:20

    It’s inevitable that MJ will be used if legal or not.
    There are only positive outcomes when Legal.
    Additional tax revenue, pain relief and law enforcement not wasting time with MJ to name a few
    There has never been a case of an overdose from using MJ and is clearly safer to use than alcohol.

    Legalize Marijuana Now !

  23. Comment by Mary Lynn

    July 18, 2017 at 09:09

    Personally I have never used any form of Marijuana but I have seen a loved one sick and on their death bed bc of cancer and it helped that person when she couldn’t keep anything down bc of the nausea, and no this person was not a recreational user. My thoughts is I would much rather know that a person that is sick could get relief from this than opioids and other harsh drugs that can cause a awful addiction and even cause death! I don’t think I have ever heard of anyone dying from pot! Opioids, Morphine, Methadone etc, yes ppl OD on these drugs everyday. I agree it should be legalized and used for medical purposes.

  24. Comment by Scott Cramer

    July 18, 2017 at 09:27

    I agree with Moye. It’s clearly been demonstrated that marijuana has appropriate medicinal applications, and should be legalized accordingly. While I am resolutely against most drugs, this one has proven to be relatively benign with significant potential to enhance the quality of life for those afflicted with ailments that it may help.

  25. Comment by Kyle koppa

    July 18, 2017 at 09:32

    I strongly recommend the legalization of Marijuana. So many uses other than just getting high. Multiple medical uses as well as the potential boost in economy. Would open up a ton of jobs across the country and allowing for research of the plant could bring us more than we can imagine at this point.

  26. Comment by Laura Sterling

    July 18, 2017 at 12:07

    Marijuana. Weed. Pot. Smoke.

    Call this PLANT anything you wish to call it but it is still a plant and this one has been proven to created relief for the user from a number of medical conditions.

    Why on earth would anyone seek to prevent another human from naturally available relief? and the idea that use of this plant leads to heroin or other drug uses is absurd. We also have to stop trying to control the actions of all our brothers and sisters and use the excuse that we are doing it “for their own good”.

    Prohibition of this plant has harmed far more folks than use of this plant has ever caused. The “War on Drugs” like most of our wars has failed and many people have been harmed and the costs are impossible to calculate.

    Oh and really sick people who could be GREATLY benefitting and finding better quality of life are being denied …

    Do not “ban” things … educate folks and encourage moderation and get out of the business of war.

  27. Comment by Ken M.

    July 18, 2017 at 13:18

    I, for one, know the true side effects of this devils lettuce. If the good lord would have wanted us smoking it, it would have never been made illegal. My cousin smoked three weeds and he nearly died. When he came back to from all the violent shaking, he ended up being a homo. We still love him, but injecting pots IS of the devil. Click like and share to spread the awareness!!!

  28. Comment by Dre Perry

    July 18, 2017 at 19:25

    I strongly support the legalization of medical marijuana. So many people could be helped to include Veterans like myself

  29. Comment by Lane Smith Kelley

    July 18, 2017 at 19:32

    I strongly support the legalization of marijuana for medical use only. It has helped cancer patients with nausea and loss of appetite, people with seizure disorders, MS patients, Lupus patients, people with Parkinson’s disease and the list goes on and on. I have lupus and was on hydroxychloroquine for 15 years. This drug caused loss of my color vision and some of my central line of vision and takes 5 years to get out of your system. I may have more vision loss before this drug leaves my body completely. 40 percent of lupus patients who have been on this drug for 15 years or more are experiencing vision loss. There has only been 1 new drug developed for Lupus patients in the past 50 years, Benlysta, which I receive by infusion once a month at a cost of $8,000.00 + per dose. I also take 4 very strong immune suppressing drugs daily, which are known to cause cancer and suppresses your immune system, leaving you highly susceptible to infections. I have also taken prednisone off and on for 15 years. Prednisone has terrible side effects, as most people know. I have had lupus since I was a young woman. I have damage to my lungs and kidneys and struggle with joint and back pain almost continuously. It is especially heartbreaking to see children and young women suffering from this disease, knowing the few drugs available to them and the horrendous side effects these drugs can cause. I feel God put this plant on the earth for a good reason and if it can help people, it should be legalized in South Carolina for medical use only.

  30. Comment by Moye Graham

    July 18, 2017 at 21:53

    This is my only comment on this article that was written by me. I have been in favor of medical use of this drug since forever and a day. This is my personal belief and choice and I want people to understand that this does not reflect the beliefs of the CCGOP. I have never asked our members how they feel thus I don’t know. I do feel the majority of folks in SC and America is in favor of medical legalization and I would not be surprised if that is the same feeling toward recreational use and the sales of it. We are not necessarily talking about smoking a joint or tator here people. We are talking about taking the high out of it and transforming parts of it into a controlled substance be it pill or edibles or oils. Give this a chance. There is a good chance that the Republican led House and Senate in SC will get this law passed next year and please contact your local and not local elected officials and let them know how you feel. Thank you to The Manning Times for publishing this letter.

  31. Comment by Bobby

    July 19, 2017 at 08:23

    Sadly, marijuana is continuing a 1960’s push to legalise every rogue behavior that is indecent. In light of a huge push by a younger generation pushing for legalization of cannabinoids, pushed by liberal city-states in Colorado, Washington, and California, popular culture, and the Bohemian attitudes of the generation taught by humanism, this is exactly the thing we are now seeing with a push for marijuana.

    I agreed in February to participate in The CrossFit Open representing a Midlands-area box in the Scaled Age Group division. I have also participated in running events declared state or national championship events by the association sportive nationale (ASN) of the International Association of Athletics Federations (the local ASN of the IAAF has made a 12km in Orangeburg the State Championship road race, and the Peachtree is a US National Championship), and have participated in triathlons requiring membership in a local ASN of the International Triathlon Union.

    In agreeing to participation in the CrossFit Open, or local ASN events for the IAAF or ITU, we subject ourselves to all regulations of the global sanctioning bodies, including all drug tests. We agree not to promote any item in the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited Substances list as part of promoting clean sport. The rule applies also to parents and children if the local sports governing body is affiliated with the ASN’s of the IFAF (football), FIFA (soccer), WBSC (baseball and softball), FIBA (basketball), IGF (golf), IIHF (hockey), ISU (skating), and the like. Promotion of such, along with positive drug tests, are grounds for a legal four-year suspension from any competition involving sanction by any of the ASN’s, as they promote fair play, and that includes bans on any substances listed as prohibited substances in the WADA Code..

    Marijuana is listed in the Prohibited Substances list of the World Anti-Doping Agency as a cannabinoid (Section 8 of the Prohibited Substances List by the World Anti-Doping Agency). Many places of work will also enforce the WADA code, including the prohibition of cannabinoids. We saw in 2014 the consequences of cannabinoids after the Cananidgua Motorsports Park incident where a young sprint car driver stoned on pit was killed, and a criminal investigation found he was guilty himself, despite his family suing a former Verizon IndyCar Series champion, blaming the former Verizon champion, who at the time had an international-grade FIA racing licence that required a WADA drug test, for their son’s death when he was stoned. (The local sprint car sanctioning body did not have a substance abuse policy, nor did World Racing Group (sanctions winged sprint car and dirt late model racing) at the time. ACCUS, the United States ASN in automobile racing consisting of six US motorsport sanctioning bodies, has had an anti-doping policy for years, and this year World Racing Group added one. Cannabinoids is prohibited per WADA Code.)

    In addition, doctors have proven marijuana’s hazards with drug abuse and vehicular collisions.

    Why is the push for marijuana on par with the sexual perverts’ demands to force their agenda down despite being rejected by over 75% of voters? And why do people not care that those abusing marijuana can cause positive drug tests by others around them, leading to four-year or lifetime suspensions by innocent parties?

  32. Comment by Bishop J

    July 19, 2017 at 08:39

    This is the second article posted in this paper on this subject, both articles only touched on the (good) short term effects and not the negative effects. Neither of the articles included any statements from medical or law enforcement officials supporting the legalization of marijuana, I find that strange. The longer you use this drug the more you have to smoke to achieve the desired results until you have to move up to the harder drugs. In 85% of Opioid over doses the users started with marijuana. I AM NOT AGAINST ITS USE!! we just need to be informed of all the effects, not just it makes me feel good.
    I know that this is an opinion article, but if you represent my GOP please do your research and give clear reasons for its legalization, The last writer from this paper (I don’t remember who it was) just did a copy and paste and put his name on it. By the way, the GOP started the war on drugs.
    I have copied and pasted some of the effects from the AMA, I pray that this gives people the information to make a educated decision.

    Short Term Effects of Weed (Marijuana)

    Short term effects of weed are both pleasant and unpleasant and short term marijuana effects are not the same for everyone. Short term marijuana effects vary depending on the person’s size, experience with the drug, the amount of drug consumed and individual physiology.

    Desirable short term effects of weed are generally characterized as a “high.” Pleasant short term marijuana effects include:1
    •Euphoria, intoxication
    •Relaxation, detachment, decreased anxiety and alertness
    •Altered perception of time and space
    •Intensified experiences
    •Laughter, talkativeness

    However, while those short term effects of weed are pleasant, short term effects of weed also include:
    •Depression (depression and marijuana), anxiety (anxiety and marijuana), panic, paranoia
    •Amnesia, confusion, delusions, hallucinations, psychosis
    •Mania
    •Short term memory impairment
    •Sudden increase in heart rate, at risk for heart complications
    •Dizziness , lack of coordination and muscle strength
    •Lethargy
    •Decreased concentration
    •Slurred speech

    It is also known that mental illness and marijuana use are linked, particularly to schizophrenia, but at this time it’s not clear whether marijuana causes, exacerbates or is simply a predictor of mental illness. Even the short term effects of weed can include an increasein the severity of existing mental illnesses.

    Long Term Effects of Weed (Marijuana)

    Long term effects of weed tend to be more negative than the short term effects of weed. This is primarily because tolerance builds to the drug’s effects and the user takes greater doses of marijuana, increasing the short and long term effects of weed as well as its potential for abuse. Once tolerance to the drug is achieved, one of the long term effects of weed becomes marijuana withdrawal after using it and during periods of abstinence.

    Withdrawal effects of long term marijuana use include:2
    •Irritability, anger, aggression, restlessness
    •Depression, anxiety
    •Stomach pain
    •Decreased appetite, weight loss
    •Tremor
    •Sweating
    •Drug craving
    •Difficulty sleeping

    Long term marijuana use can lead to negative effects on the brain that can affect memory and learning (read: brain effects of marijuana). When marijuana users were studied, long term marijuana use effects included:3
    •Inability to focus, concentrate and retain information
    •Decreased math and verbal skills

    Other parts of the body are also affected by the long term effects of weed. The immune, reproductive and respiratory systems are most likely to show long term marijuana use effects. Long term effects of weed include:
    •Cough, wheezing and phlegm production
    •Increased risk of cancer
    •Frequent chest illness including lung infections
    •Impaired immune system
    •Alter hormones and disrupt menstruation cycles
    •Negatively impact male and female fertility
    •Negative impact on birthweights and cognition and increased risk of cancersfor children born to marijuana using mothers
    •”Flashbacks” of drug experiences while not using
    •Paranoia, panic disorder, fear

  33. Comment by ELA

    July 19, 2017 at 13:38

    Moye, if this is your opinion why throw that GOP title in the article? My House rep said he has been advised NOT to support any such bills. He cited that the medical research has no evidence of long term benefits. Thanks to the Manning Times for posting! Don’t you have a relative that works at tha manning times?

  34. Comment by Paul Martin

    July 19, 2017 at 15:57

    Oooooops, time to find a new job. Welcome to the Democratic party.

  35. Comment by Moye Graham

    July 19, 2017 at 21:53

    I tried to answer some of you earlier and when I hit Submit Comment the Internet went down here at the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport so I am going to try it again but only a few comments at the time ok. First is Bobby. Bobby I know who you are and I want out you with your real name. That is fine. I appreciate you commenting and I know you are a good man and a friend over in Orangeburg. Keep training. I may see you in the Olympics one day.

  36. Comment by Moye Graham

    July 19, 2017 at 22:01

    ELA. Why don’t you use your real name? That way we would know who we are responding to. I myself have never been ashamed of how I believe. First of all if your House or Representative said that they were told not to vote for this then I would want to vote that person out. Who told them not to vote? Another set of initials. Serious if that person can’t say who advised them than that person is just blowing smoke. It was nice of The Manning Times to run this as you said. No I do not have a relative that works at The Times. I wish I did and then I would maybe get my paper free. As it is I pay for my subscription and I hope you take it also. About the GOP. I was asked by The Times if they could use my Facebook Post. Go look at it. I do not have the GOP anywhere. Most folks in our area know I am the Chairman. I did not know that they would have that listed but I am ok with it. This is not a Republican issue and I said earlier this has nothing to do with the local or stare party. I do not know how our members feel about this issue and I respect any way they feel. Maybe I should had told them to use my initials MG.

  37. Comment by Moye Graham

    July 19, 2017 at 22:21

    Bishop J. As I stated earlier this has nothing to do with the GOP. Maybe the current war on drugs started under a GOP President but not the War on Drugs started around 1936 against Marijuana. You know about the movie Reefer Madness I feel sure. Some White Folks in California smoking week and going crazy. First time someone smoked it they went to the Mental Institution. This was a Propaganda film claimed to be made by a church for parents. It turned out to be a almost comedy in the 1970’s and so many folks still believe this junk. FDR the President in the year the film was made was a Democrat. The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 under President Roosevelt was the year this plant became illegal. A Democrat. President Nixon just kept it as a schedule 1 drug. You are wrong about the war. The reason for it was because after the after the Mexican Revolution in the early 1900’s we were flooded on our Southern Border by Mexican Immigrants. From California to Louisiana. The Mexicans brought a lot of their way of life at the time with them including Cannabis. The American and some States governments used this drug as a way to track and search innocent Mexicans. It was rumored that it would make the men of color rape White women. It was almost strictly done as a racial issue at the time. The same goes with the movie Reefer Madness. You quote the AMA. If this is what your copy of it say then you need to do a little more research. First we are not talking small kids sitting around smoking a joint. Most of the Medical drugs will not contain THC. They will be edibles included but you want get the high because of the low or no THC count. This was never about the legalization of the plant as we know it but the legalization of the plant to be used as a medicine.

  38. Comment by Moye Graham

    July 19, 2017 at 22:24

    Paul Martin. Thanks for the invitation to join your party the Democrat Party but I believe I will stay with mine if that is all right with you. Yall don’t want me anyhow. I know how to think on my own and don’t need others to tell me who to support and what to support.

  39. Comment by Jason Reddick

    July 20, 2017 at 21:37

    I completely agree. I fully support the legalization of marijuana in South Carolina. There are many medical benefits, and the government shouldn’t dictate people’s lives around a naturally occurring plant that grows freely on God’s green Earth. Too many lives, mostly younger people, are destroyed because of our current stance on marijuana. It’s time to move beyond this.


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