South Carolina placed non-binding advisory questions on their primary ballots this week. One of the questions on the Democrat primary ballot asked ‘Should medical marijuana be legalized for use in cases of severe, chronic illnesses when documented by a physician?’ Seventy five percent of Democrat voters said yes to the answer, twenty five percent said no.
While the questions were not binding, they are a great measurement of the mood of Democrat voters in South Carolina. The question was not placed on the Republican primary ballot. I’m curious what the result would be, although I’d imagine it wouldn’t be as favorable.
Asking people whether or not they support legalizing medical marijuana is straight forward. The details of a program are not as straight forward. How would people answer a question like ‘what ailments do you think should qualify for medical marijuana?’ What about ‘do you agree that medical marijuana patients should be allowed to grow their own medical marijuana?’ Or ‘should patients be allowed to purchase medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary?’ Those are all questions that would have to be asked and answered if/when South Carolina tries to legalize medical marijuana.
It’s worth noting that South Carolina recently approved a CBD-only medical marijuana bill. However, this is not real medical marijuana reform in my opinion. CBD-only legislation, while better than nothing, only helps a very limited number of patients. Also, it is dependent upon CBD product availability, which is very scarce or non-existent. It’s time suffering patients in South Carolina had a real medical marijuana program they can enroll in.