COLUMBIA — Crediting marijuana with saving his son’s life, the former longtime director of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association says it’s time for law enforcement to stop fighting legislation that would let the severely ill legally use the plant as medicine.
“This doesn’t have to be the boogeyman under the bed for law enforcement forever,” Jeff Moore, who retired in 2014 after 32 years leading the association, said at a Statehouse rally last week supporting medical marijuana.
The effort hinges on the Sheriffs’ Association and, more importantly, State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel, who told The Post and Courier he remains opposed.
Proposals in the House and Senate would allow people with a debilitating medical condition, or their adult caregivers, to legally possess 2 ounces of marijuana. The Senate version advanced on a 3-2 vote last week to the full Medical Affairs Committee. The House version advanced a year ago but remains a step away from a floor vote.
Both will stay stuck, despite the backing of some of the Legislature’s most conservative members, without a buy-in from Keel, who has repeatedly