SC Statewide Drive Launched To Approve MMJ

SC Statewide Drive Launched To Approve MMJ
Posted by CN Staff on February 03, 2006 at 06:39:07 PT
Press Release
Charleston, SC -- A Charleston-based grassroots organization announced today it has launched a statewide petition drive to persuade South Carolina legislators to allow licensed physicians to prescribe marijuana to their sick patients.The online petition drive, dubbed Compassionate Care, is being sponsored by South Carolinians for Drug Law Reform, a nonprofit organization (501 [c] 4) with supporters across the state.
The petition can be found on the organization's web site --"The Compassionate Care initiative is simple," said Todd Chas, SCDLR's vice president and project director for the petition drive. "We know that public opinion overwhelmingly supports the use of medical marijuana in cases where it has been prescribed by a licensed physician. Our statewide petition drive will make it clear to our elected representatives that compassion and common sense dictate that it is time to stop punishing patients who suffer from debilitating illnesses. South Carolinians can raise their voices in support of an end to unnecessary suffering and unjust imprisonment by signing our online petition and spreading the word about our Compassionate Care initiative."Chas said surveys show that more than 70 percent of all South Carolinians - 70 percent of all Americans, for that matter-- want doctors, not politicians, to decide whether their sick patients should have marijuana. (The South Carolina General Assembly and governor legally recognized the medicinal value of marijuana in 1979 when it passed the South Carolina Controlled Substances Act.)Chas also said eleven states (none in the Southeast) already have adopted medical marijuana laws, and numerous national medical and other organizations have voiced their support. States that already have medical marijuana laws on their books are Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island,Vermont and Washington. Medical marijuana bills were also introduced recently in Michigan, Wisconsin, and New Mexico. National organizations that have endorsed access to marijuana include the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians American Bar Association, American Public health Association, National Association of Attorneys General, National Nurses Society on Addictions and the New England Journal of Medicine.The SCDLR petition reads in full:We, the undersigned citizens of South Carolina, hereby petition the Governor and General Assembly of the State of South Carolina to enact appropriate legislation to permit licensed physicians to prescribe marijuana, and to ensure a safe and affordable supply of marijuana for medical use.WHEREAS, Scientific and medical studies by the National Academy of Science have shown marijuana to be a safe and effective medicine for the treatment of glaucoma, epilepsy, muscle spasticity, arthritis, anxiety, depression, the symptoms of withdrawal from alcohol and narcotics, and the nausea, vomiting and appetite loss associated with chemotherapies; andWHEREAS, The State of South Carolina legally recognized the medicinal value of marijuana in 1980 (South Carolina Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act of 1979); andWHEREAS, South Carolina polls indicate that 71% of respondents believe drug abuse should be addressed with treatment rather than incarceration (Global Strategy Group, 2002); andWHEREAS, National polls indicate that at least 70% of United States citizens support medical marijuana when prescribed by a physician (AARP, Time Magazine, Gallup); andWHEREAS, The billions of dollars spent prosecuting and imprisoning sick people in South Carolina and across the nation could be better spent on programs emphasizing treatment, education and rehabilitation; andWHEREAS, Compassion and common sense demand that we allow America's seriously ill citizens to use whatever medication is most safe and effective according to their doctors to alleviate their pain and suffering;THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Governor and General Assembly of the State of South Carolina enact appropriate legislation to permit marijuana to be prescribed by licensed physicians and to ensure a safe and affordable supply of marijuana for medical use. Complete Title: SC Statewide Petition Drive Launched To Approve Medical MarijuanaFrom South Carolinians for Drug Law Reform: :Skip Johnson, president:  skip scdruglawreform.orgTodd Chas, vp and project director: todd Contact Information: Todd Chas: 843-814-6444Source: (NY)Published: February 03, 2006 Copyright: 2006 PR Worldwide, Inc.Website: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #5 posted by BUDSNAXZ on February 03, 2006 at 21:33:59 PT
Woo Hooo
Great News,
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Comment #3 posted by siege on February 03, 2006 at 11:58:11 PT
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Comment #2 posted by Storm Crow on February 03, 2006 at 11:51:36 PT
I note that the word "prescribed" is being used. Doctors cannot prescribe MMJ without fear of losing their license- federal law and all that. Maybe SCDLR can ammend their petition to have it read "prescribe or recommend"? Hopefully, this will end up as nitpicking on my part, when our federal government finally gives in and reclassifies cannabis. 11 states have sensible laws, and if Michigan, New Mexico, Wisconsin and now, South Carolina all pass their bills we will have 30% of the states. And there are other bills in the wings, I hear. We are getting close to the "magical" 50% when, I believe, the Federal government will have to give in to the inevitable. Anyway, SCDLR rocks. Way to go folks!
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Comment #1 posted by OverwhelmSam on February 03, 2006 at 10:03:38 PT
Woo Hoo!
I would have thought that South Carolina would be one of the last states to start a Medical Marijuana initiative. Yeah Johnny Walters, Medical Marijuana is dead. Might as well reclassify this drug now and save further embarassment. LOL
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