The SC bill is not about medicine. It’s about legalizing marijuana in our state | Op-Ed

When was the last time South Carolina law was needed for a doctor to prescribe a drug or a pharmacy to dispense it? State law is not required if the drug goes through the normal FDA approval process. But that’s not what we’re dealing with when discussing marijuana. Doctors cannot legally prescribe it. Pharmacists cannot legally dispense. There is no exact way to administer it.Rather, this 55-page invoice Is an attempt to legislate the FDA approval process by creating complex schemes for growing, processing, and dispensing marijuana that still violates federal law.

The bill will ultimately allow you to smoke, eat, or consume marijuana that has not been approved by the FDA without traditional medical reviews. This is a really dangerous suggestion.Perhaps this is why 77% of South Carolinas said marijuana Should be regulated by the FDA in the 2016 Winthrop poll.. It’s not surprising that many supporters of this bill use words like “prescribe” when discussing marijuana. They do this to make us all think that this is treated like all other prescription drugs. But in reality, this story is simply wrong. The marijuana allowed by this bill remains a Schedule 1 drug. That is, it cannot be prescribed legally, dispensed legally by a pharmacy, or legally owned by an individual without violating federal law.

In the state of medical marijuana, clinics without in-house medical professionals have appeared in local neighborhoods, with unknown efficacy, no medication instructions, and flashy-named marijuana designed to appeal to children. We sell products. It’s really criticized that some of these companies go to target our youth with these dangerous products. This is especially true for arc products, edibles and oils that are legalized under this law. Arc cartridges, oils, and edible products often contain an unreasonably small serving size mixed with an incredibly high percentage of THC. This is very dangerous, especially for our children — our most vulnerable people.

In South Carolina and across the country, marijuana is the number one reason for addiction and treatment hospitalization for minors between the ages of 12 and 17. I have been a law enforcement agency for 43 years, standing up for those who cannot be self-reliant.This is the reason I have consistently expressed concern about legalizing all forms of marijuana... Of course, I have compassion for debilitating illnesses and those suffering from illness. But that’s why I support ongoing clinical trials. Study; A form of drug that is legally obtained, FDA-approved, prescribed by a doctor, and dispensed by a pharmacist. This is 21st century medicine. In my opinion, this bill is not medical, as it does not follow that model.that is Legalize marijuana in South Carolina.

Mark Keel has been Head of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Department (SLED) since July 1, 2011.