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SC Republicans voice opposition to legalizing marijuana, McMaster says medical use 'a different story'

www.wistv.com July 13, 2021
SC Republicans voice opposition to legalizing marijuana, McMaster says medical use 'a different story'

COLUMBIA, S.

C.

(WIS) - Top Republicans in South Carolina have voiced strong opposition to a proposition to legalize marijuana.

Gov.

Henry McMaster, however, left some room open when discussing the legalization of medicinal marijuana Tuesday.

Democrat Joe Cunningham announced Monday that, if he is elected governor, he would move to legalize both medicinal and recreational marijuana.

That day, the state GOP chairman, Drew McKissick, sent out a strongly-worded press release entitled: “Democrats want to raise crime, health problems by legalizing marijuana.

”The Republican leader said Colorado is an example of a state where crime has risen following the legalization of marijuana.

“The rise in crime, the increase in health problems -- especially suicidal thoughts and the negative affect on children’s development, all became worse when the state decided to legalize marijuana,” McKissick stated.

He added: “If you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes, and Democrats like Joe Cunningham keep wanting to play with fire.

”When asked about his take Tuesday, McMaster said legalizing recreational marijuana “is not a good idea.


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