South Carolina Marijuana News

Four months isn’t enough time to get all the state’s business done.

When South Carolina lawmakers wrapped the 2017 legislative session in May, they had approved a plan to fix the state’s dilapidated roads, including a higher gas tax, and shored up the state’s pension system.

But some bills didn’t reach the finish line for one reason or another, so even before moving on to new business, the Legislature will have a lot to pick back up when they convene for the second half of the session in January.

Guns, both pro and con

Multiple bills affect South Carolinians’ ability to buy and carry firearms publicly. Last year, the S.C. House of Representatives approved two bills loosening the requirements for carrying a gun in the Palmetto State, only to see them get stuck in the state Senate.

One would allow anyone with an out-of-state gun permit to carry a concealed weapon in South Carolina as long as their state also recognizes S.C. carrying permits. The bill removes any requirement on the traveler to have passed a criminal background check or

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A survey completed by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources shows high interest of medical cannabis among both patients and physicians in the Mountain State.

Loretta Haddy, state epidemiologist of DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health, presented the results of this survey a meeting of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Board at WVU’s National Research Center for Coal and Energy on Thursday.

Over 6,000 individuals participated in the survey, including patients with qualifying medical conditions, as well as family members and caregivers of those with serious medical conditions.

“What we are seeing is there’s a tremendous amount of interest, not just from a particular area of the state but all across the state. Every county participated in the survey,” said Dr. Rahul Gupta, commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health and state health officer. “There seems to be extraordinary interest amongst providers, amongst physicians themselves. We saw data that over 80 percent of the physicians demonstrated interest, of those who were surveyed.”

While Gupta said the Bureau for Public Health is very excited about the interest,

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A panel charged with helping shape the state’s new medical marijuana law met in Morgantown Thursday, Dec. 14. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Medical Cannabis Advisory Board heard from guest speakers and announced the results of a recent survey.

One speaker was Pennsylvania state Senator Mike Folmer, who told the board about his state’s progress in bringing the drug to patients there. Folmer led efforts in Pennsylvania to pass a similar medical cannabis bill and identified himself as a “conservative Republican” and a cancer survivor.

The board also heard survey results from potential medical cannabis patients, physicians and others about various issues related to the implementation of the law.

The survey took a look at demographics of those who are interested in medical cannabis, as well as various medical ailments for which they may seek treatment. Of the 6,174 responses, 4,033 identified themselves as “a patient with a serious medical condition” and 1,813 said they had a family member with a serious medical condition. 364 respondents identified as a caregiver, while 611 specified their interest in

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CHARLESTON — A man was sentenced to prison for methamphetamine possession in an agreement that included a burglary charge, and another drug charge was dismissed.

Bryce C. Wilson, 25, for whom records list an address in Brocton, pleaded guilty to a charge that accused him of having methamphetamine in Oakland on July 27.

With the agreement, he was sentenced to six years in prison but was recommended for a prison system discipline program that can lead to an early release.

Wilson faced up to 10 years in prison for the offense, twice the normal maximum, because of an earlier burglary conviction for which he served prison time.

The dismissed charges included possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, alleging he also had marijuana planned for sale on July 27. Also dismissed was a charge accusing him of burglarizing the Oakland city water plant on Sept. 30.

Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O’Brien sentenced Wilson by accepting a plea agreement that Assistant State’s Attorney Joy Wolf and Public Defender Anthony

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A misdemeanor marijuana possession charge against Georgia starting inside linebacker Natrez Patrick has been dismissed, apparently clearing the way for him to play in the Rose Bowl semifinal game.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported that the charge was dropped Thursday morning, according to a Barrow County probate court official. The newspaper also reported that backup receiver Jayson Stanley negotiated an agreement to plead guilty to possession of marijuana of less than an ounce and speeding. A DUI drug charge was dropped.

Patrick was facing dismissal from the team under Georgia athletic rules for a third violation of the drug and alcohol policy. The school hasn’t commented on his status for the Jan. 1 game against Oklahoma.

Stanley is facing a mandatory one-game suspension as a first-time marijuana offender.

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SALINA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Saline County Sheriff’s Office has made another arrest for travelers with marijuana on I-70. The stop happened around 1:30 a.m. at milepost 248. The vehicle was clocked traveling at 84 mph.

KSAL reports that the deputy noticed the odor of pot, and after a search of the vehicle, they found personal use marijuana, pipes, and just over $33,000 in cash concealed in the back of the rental vehicle.

Deputies arrested 24-year-old Miguel Addison of South Carolina and 21-year-old Kaleigh Marley of North Carolina.

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Misdemeanors

Evan T. Baderdeen, El Dorado Springs, stealing, class A misdemeanor, guilty plea, suspended execution of sentence, one-year unsupervised probation.

Glenn Ridley, Stockton, possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana or a synthetic cannabinoid, class A misdemeanor, case management conference scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

Michael Don Martin, El Dorado Springs, driving without insurance, class D misdemeanor, case management scheduled for 9 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

Crystal Renee Buholzer, possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana or a synthetic cannabinoid, class A misdemeanor, case management conference scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

Leroy McCullick, Jerico Springs, violation of a protection order, class A misdemeanor, arraignment scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Britton Lee Woodruff, El Dorado Springs, fourth degree domestic assault, class A misdemeanor, arraignment scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13.

Amber Dewitt, El Dorado Springs, passing

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On Dec. 10, Jared Lee Stargell, 29, Covington, was arrested and charged with tampering with evidence, obstruction, possession of marijuana, DUI, possession of an open alcohol container and failure to maintain lane. According to reports, officers were called to a single car incident on Interstate 20 and found Stargell standing next to the driver’s door to a vehicle in the median. Reports state that while officers spoke with Stargell he was “unable to focus on the tasks given and was stumbling to the point he nearly fell down…” Officers also observed that Stargell was allegedly chewing on a small amount of marijuana while speaking with officers. Officers located a small amount of suspected marijuana in a pill bottle in the vehicle. They also found a nearly empty bottle of Jack Daniel’s in the vehicle.

On Dec. 9, Shauntia Norfleet Dorsey, 31, Hephzibah, was arrested and charged with speeding, following too closely, reckless driving and possession of marijuana, less than an ounce. According to reports, allegedly observed Dorsey driving 95 mph on Interstate 20 while making improper lane changes and following

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Courtesy: Georgia Athletics DES MOINES, IA –

Former Stratford quarterback Jacob Park is planning to transfer from Iowa State he told the Des Moines Register on Monday. Park said he was planning on asking the school for his release and head coach Matt Campbell told the paper they plan to honor the request.

Park, the 2013 South Carolina Mr. Football, began the season as the starter for the Cyclones but left the team in early October taking an indefinite leave of absence. 

Speaking to the media for the first time since leaving the team, Park told the paper the leave was due to problems off the field including becoming a father, living with his child’s mother, school and football. He also said he failed a drug test due to marijuana and was facing a one game suspension. 

Park threw for almost 1200 yards and 9 touchdowns starting the first 4 games of the season for Iowa State. 

The former Knights QB will be looking for his 5th school since leaving Stratford. He began his college career at Georgia but

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Staff Reports

A six-month drug investigation conducted by the Union County Sheriff’s Office has led to the arrests of 31 people on 77 separate charges, Union County Sheriff David Taylor said on Tuesday.

Taylor said informants and undercover officers assisted with the investigation. In some cases, Taylor said property crimes helped lead investigators to suspected drug dealers.

“It was very time consuming,” Taylor said. “A lot of drug dealers are not on a time schedule and often don’t show up. It takes a lot of planning and to make these arrests.”

The Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division launched Operation Grinch Tuesday with assistance of the Union Public Safety Department, Chester County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Department of Probation, Pardon and Parole Services.

Those arrested in Operation Grinch included:

Carolyn Willard, 33, of 1404 Main St., Buffalo, charged with distribution of schedule II (two counts); distribution of schedule II half-mile from a school; distribution of methamphetamine; distribution of methamphetamine half-mile from a school. Fred Crosby, 68, of 203 Gage Ave., Union, charged with distribution of schedule II

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