Every day you hear about people dying due to heroin in South Carolina. It may make you wonder how so many people started using such a dangerous drug and continued to the point of addiction. It all leads back to the overprescribing and overuse of prescription opioids. Heroin is cheaper and easier to get opioid that provides the same feeling or high as the prescription alternative.
Many states across the country have adopted medical marijuana laws, which allow people with certain medical conditions to use marijuana products to treat their symptoms. South Carolina currently has a bill, called the Compassionate Care Act, being looked at by lawmakers that would legalize the medical use of marijuana. It is important to note that under this law, medical marijuana would mean marijuana byproducts that are not psychedelic. In layman's terms that means it does not get the user "high." The benefits from these products are specifically for relief from medical symptoms. While many support the act, there are also many who do not, including law enforcement.
Addiction is not easy to handle. It is often a factor in drug-related crimes, but is prison always the answer? If you know someone who is struggling with addiction or have yourself, you might be inclined to suggest an alternative - like drug court.
Marijuana law reform has been getting a fair amount of coverage in the press over the last few weeks. Following the voting cycle on November 8th, California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts have fully legalized medical and recreational use of marijuana for legal adults. Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota and Florida have all legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes.