• The Post and Courier

Democrat Joe Cunningham pushes legalized marijuana again with SC election just weeks away

Democratic candidate for governor Joe Cunningham called Republican Gov. Henry McMaster an obstructionist to getting medical and recreational marijuana legalized in South Carolina — two issues mostly opposed by the GOP-dominated Legislature.

In an Oct. 13 press conference, Cunningham said McMaster’s lack of support for either issue represents thinking from the past, and effectively cuts off marijuana as an alternative to military members suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

It’s also forcing police to continue to spend time on non-violent street crimes associated with pot possession, Cunningham said.

“Not only is his (McMaster’s) thinking outdated and unpopular, it also hurts our veterans,” Cunningham said while flanked by several former military members during a press conference at his campaign headquarters in North Charleston.

At least 39 U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana, but South Carolina is not among them and does not appear to be joining the list anytime soon.

State Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, has for years fought for to make it a reality, even getting the Senate to adopt and pass the measure to the House during the last session that ended in May. But it died in the final days on a technicality.

The bill could be revived when the Statehouse convenes in January, but it goes back to the end of the line in terms of movement.