First, let me thank you for the opportunity to share the concerns of the law enforcement community in South Carolina about the notion of dispensing marijuana to treat certain conditions.
Our position has not changed. Law enforcement in South Carolina continues to oppose bills that would allow the sale of a substance that is federally illegal.
The Mason-Dixon survey offers nothing new. Remember last year when the proponents touted a Winthrop University poll showing support for the then-proposed legislation? What those favoring marijuana for sale by physicians glossed over in that survey was that almost the same overwhelming percentage of people were in favor of regulation of the practice by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That was and continues to be exactly our position.
Even today, there is much that needs to be learned and understood about the long-term effects of the use of marijuana to treat illnesses or other conditions. That’s why we support federally-funded research.
This we do know; marijuana is not medicine.
The proponents’ new survey has taken a highly complex issue and simplified