There have been many articles written about this effort in SC, this is one of the best I’ve read. Short enough but with real life testimonies of families. My degree is in substance abuse counseling, and like Eric Beddingfield I had to come over the fence from my original thoughts. I’m all in now.
Please speak with your legislators and ask them to support this bill. Talk to your Sheriffs and solicitors as well. This is one more of the many times when doctors and patients should be able to make this decision.
South Carolina Rep. Eric Bedingfield once shunned all marijuana use, but when his eldest son’s six-year struggle with opioid addiction ended with his overdose a year ago, the conservative Republican co-sponsored medical cannabis legislation.
“My mindset has changed from somebody who looked down on it as a negative substance to saying, ‘This has benefits,'” Bedingfield said recently.
The 50-year-old teetotaler believes marijuana may effectively wean addicts from an opioid dependence. Ultimately, the Marine veteran hopes medical marijuana can be an alternative to people being prescribed OxyContin or other opioid painkillers to begin with, helping curb an epidemic he’s seen destroy families of all economic levels.
Three years ago, state lawmakers passed a very narrow law allowing patients with severe epilepsy, or their caregivers, to legally possess cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive oil derived from marijuana. Bedingfield voted against that idea.
Bill Davis, a Christian author who leads a Bible study for people fighting drug addiction, said he was bedridden before trying marijuana. Diagnosed two years ago with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease with no cure, he was put on an experimental drug with “horrible side effects.”
“I had to decide whether I wanted to die of lung disease or kidney or liver failure,” Davis said.
A bill allowing people with a debilitating medical condition, or their adult caregivers, to legally possess 2 ounces (57 grams) of marijuana advanced last month to the House’s full medical committee. Its Republican backers tout the bill’s “seed-to-sale tracking” as guarding against recreational use. A Senate subcommittee is considering an identical bill.
“We shouldn’t be forcing a choice between breaking the law or not taking care of members of your family,” said Republican Rep. Bill Herbkersman.
Marijuana was the only thing that gave his brother an appetite and kept the pain at bay before he died of skin cancer in 2011, Herbkersman said.
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