Is South Carolina behind the curve for Marijuana reform?
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:12:09 GMT —
More and more states are legalizing marijuana or approving it for medical use.
And at least 58 percent of Americans think marijuana should be legalized, according to a Gallup poll from the Fall of 2013.
But South Carolina has made few moves towards legalization or even decriminalization of the drug.
According to numbers from the Horry and Georgetown County Drug Enforcement Unit, more than 324 thousand grams, or just under $10 million worth of pot was seized last year.
A DEU agent said pot is one of the most widely used and abused drugs in the state.
He says he thinks the drug has "larger impacts rather than just the effect it has on the individual users, there's impacts on the community."
But 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said the solicitorâ??s office doesn't invest a lot of resources into prosecuting marijuana crimes.
"The Solicitors Office isn't spending wads of money nor locking people up for decades at a time for marijuana," Richardson said.
Richardson said very few marijuana cases result in serious penalties.
He said the main marijuana crimes the office deals with are for trafficking in 10 or more pounds of pot, and there have only been a handful of those cases in the last year.
"It's a big myth out there that our prisons are jam packed with people simple possession of marijuana," he said. "Nothing could be further from the truth."
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