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Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US SC: Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of California Healthcare

    The State, 19 Jan 2017 - President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective. In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the 36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.
  2. US SC: Pew Research Center Poll Finds Two-thirds Of Cops Think

    The State, 12 Jan 2017 - A Pew Research Center survey of nearly 8,000 police officers finds that more than two-thirds of them say that marijuana use should be legal for either personal or medical use. The nationally representative survey of law enforcement, one of the largest of its kind, found that 32 percent of police officers said marijuana should be legal for medical and recreational use, while 37 percent said it should be legal for medical use only. Another 30 percent said that marijuana should not be legal at all.
  3. US SC: SC Lawmakers Call For Patients To Have Access To Medical

    The State, 10 Jan 2017 - S.C. legislators are gearing up for another fight over a bill that would allow the legal use of medical marijuana in the Palmetto State. A half-dozen lawmakers Tuesday made their first order of business on the session's opening day the unveiling of the S.C. Compassionate Care Act.
  4. US SC: Child Who Inspired Cannabidiol Law Receives First Doses

    The State, 10 Jan 2017 - Mary Louise received her first dose of CBD oil Saturday, about four months after the bill allowing children to receive the oil extracted from marijuana was signed into law. The oil helps children like Mary Louise with severe epilepsy control their seizures. It took only a simple phrase to see how Mary Louise Swing's life would improve from cannabidiol.
  5. US SC: Hillary Clinton Joins Call To Alter Marijuana Rule

    Boston Globe, 09 Nov 2015 - ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Hillary Clinton, who has long declined to endorse legalized medical or recreational marijuana at the federal level, said over the weekend that she favors changing the rules to allow more research into medical marijuana. Clinton said she supports removing marijuana from a list of schedule 1 drugs, a classification that prevents federally sponsored research into its effects. As a schedule 1 drug, marijuana is classified among the most dangerous drugs that the federal Drug Enforcement Agency regulates.
  6. US SC: South Carolina Prosecutor Will Not Charge Officer Who

    New York Times, 28 Oct 2015 - A local prosecutor in South Carolina said Tuesday that she would not bring charges against a police lieutenant who fatally shot a 19-year-old man during an attempted drug arrest in a Hardee's parking lot in July. The case has drawn outrage in some quarters, partly because a private autopsy on the man, Zachary Hammond, who was unarmed, indicated that he had been shot from the side and the back, and through his car's side window.
  7. US SC: PUB LTE: Marijuana Relieves Severe Nausea

    The State, 13 Apr 2014 - Columbia, SC - It is good news that legislators are considering a law to allow doctor-prescribed use of marijuana. More than 20 states that have approved its use for nausea. The primary reason, as I understand it, is that most pain medication has after-effects of severe nausea. I am prescribed several medications to eliminate the pain I experience due to neuropathy; however, they cause extreme nausea. I certainly would appreciate being able to use medical marijuana to relieve severe nausea, as I am sure many others would be.
  8. US SC: LTE: Don't Legalize Marijuana

    Spartanburg Herald Journal, 05 Feb 2014 - Where does the Herald-Journal get these columnists, such as Kathleen Parker (Jan. 22 edition), who advocated legalizing marijuana? She describes forming this opinion through maturity and experience. She rightly says that alcohol or any drugs are bad for children. Then why are drugs OK for adults? The truth is that they are harmful to adults as well. One of the arguments made against the drug war is that it is ruining young lives by giving them criminal records. Our law enforcement officers are not giving our young people criminal records. They are doing this to themselves.
  9. US SC: PUB LTE: Legalize Marijuana

    Spartanburg Herald Journal, 07 Aug 2013 - I believe marijuana should be legalized. Legalizing pot and taxing it would generate millions in extra revenue to help provide health insurance for the poor and help maintain Social Security. Pot is no more harmful than alcohol. If it's legal for bars, stores and restaurants to sell alcohol to rake in money, legalizing pot seems logical. Marijuana users should have the same freedom as the millions of alcohol users. A person should be able to make his or her own choice.