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Medical pot bill in South Carolina bolstered by conservatives

Monday, March 27, 2017 21:25
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When the South Carolina conservatives are getting on board one has to take a moment to consider the progress sanity has made on this issue. Life will go on with legal cannabis. Even in South Carolina. In fact for some it will “go on” much better.

(From The Denver Post)

Jarrod Bruder, director of the state Sheriffs’ Association, told the House panel that sheriffs can’t support legalizing a drug the federal government still puts in the same class as heroin and cocaine.

His predecessor, however, stunned observers when he stood to support the bill.

Jeff Moore, who retired in 2014 after 32 years leading the association, credits marijuana with saving his son’s life. But he says it also prevents his son, an Army veteran, from coming home to South Carolina for fear of being arrested.

In 2008, six weeks into his son’s first of two tours in Iraq, their convoy was surrounded in Mosul. He watched as five of his friends were killed by an IED and he fought for his life for 2 — hours. He suffers from PTSD and traumatic brain injury as that battle scene and others replay in his mind. He was honorably discharged after two suicide attempts, Moore said.

Eventually, his son’s father-in-law, a Vietnam veteran, convinced him to move near him in Michigan, where he can legally smoke a high-CBD, low-THC strain of marijuana Moore says does not get him high. He’s stopped drinking, returned to college and organized an all-veteran support group. He is also an elder in his church, Moore said.

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