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Isn’t South Carolina the only Southern state where marijuana is still illegal?

Isn't South Carolina the only Southern state where marijuana is still illegal?

Isn’t South Carolina the only Southern state where marijuana is still illegal?

This is a current map of individual states’ legality of cannabis use

As of September 1st 2023

Isn’t South Carolina the only Southern state where marijuana is still illegal?

No, South Carolina is not the only Southern state where marijuana is still illegal. While it’s true that some Southern states have legalized medical marijuana or decriminalized small amounts of marijuana, there are still several Southern states where marijuana is entirely illegal for both medical and recreational use. South Carolina is one of those states where marijuana remains illegal for all purposes. However, the laws regarding marijuana can change over time, so it’s essential to stay updated on the current regulations in each state.

Isn’t South Carolina the only Southern state where marijuana is still illegal?

I guess that depends on what you include in “southern”.

Texas has incredibly draconian drug laws on the books, and many regarding ANY amount of cannabis or even “paraphernalia”.

If I were to give a minor an unused marijuana pipe, that would be a felony punishable by prison.

If I literally GIVE my neighbour a joint or even a hit, that is also punishable by prison time.

Fortunately, I live in Missouri, where we not only legalized but also constitutionalized marijuana as a legal substance to possess and consume by adults.

We did it the smart way and made sure that law enforcement practices were also defined in scope regarding drug enforcement.

One good example that I think most can appreciate is that the odour of marijuana alone is insufficient grounds for additional action during a traffic stop.

The law is essentially the same as for alcohol. The officer must see you smoking or drinking.

As long as you aren’t stupid enough to allow that to happen, then you are safe.

I disapprove of drinking and driving or using marijuana while driving.. especially since the marijuana out there now is far more potent than it used to be. Even a couple of seconds of significant distraction while driving is more than sufficient to cause an accident. On the other hand, marijuana “peaks” quite rapidly after consumption, and moderate use followed by an appropriate waiting period is sufficient, unlike alcohol, where there is most definitely a significant period after consumption of larger amounts when an individual is most definitely impaired.

It is undoubtedly possible to smoke enough weed that you should absolutely not drive, but a wise person will not put themselves in that position.

Why is marijuana so demonized in the American South?

The Prohibition of marijuana was based purely on racism. Since the South is still the most racist area in our country, it would make sense that they look down on it.

Why is marijuana so demonized in the American South?

Because it was made illegal by the Nixon administration as a political instrument against Hippies and was demonized to discredit criticism of the Vietnam War, the same goes for the ban on heroin to discredit criticism of Republican racism.

Don’t believe me? Do you think John Ehrlichmann, a counsel for Nixon?

The Nixon campaign in 1968 and the Nixon White House after that had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. Do you understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black. Still, by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course, we did.

Why is marijuana so demonized in the American South?

This is probably best left for someone in the American South to answer, but I have some pretty strong theories, primarily backed up by research and evidence.

The main reasons why pot is demonized in the southern states of the USA are twofold. One reason is racial, and the other is religious/political. Although I hate playing the race card, it definitely seems to play a role here. Now, these aspects are all closely linked together.

If you take a look at the history of the USA and its racial history, we all know that the white male American was always at the top. It would seem that in an effort to subordinate and control people of colour and immigrants, whether black or Mexican. Historically speaking, drugs have been associated with people from South America, Africa, and Asia, as far as the USA is concerned anyway.

This definitely has a racial aspect to it because, in an effort to subordinate anybody who was not white, drugs were then associated with those people. In other words, THOSE people do drugs; therefore, because drugs are harmful, those people are wrong, and the views surrounding marijuana get harsher and harsher.

Of course, this also has a very religious and political aspect to it. Simply put, the US southern states tend to be god-fearing Republicans, and if we are to believe the Bible or adhere to it, drugs are harmful. So, people in the southern states often closely follow the word of god, which definitely leads to a harsher view towards drugs like marijuana.

Keep in mind that I am not doing any specific research here, but if we use some common sense and basic knowledge, what I’m saying here definitely makes sense.

Isn’t South Carolina the only Southern state where marijuana is still illegal?

According to the national organization for the reform of marijuana laws (NORML)

No, I believe Louisiana and Mississippi are examples of states that still haven’t repealed cannabis prohibition.

When will marijuana be legalized in SC?

The Marijuana Prohibition is directly related to the level of racism in the state government. All of the Pot Laws were passed to control Mexicans, blacks and hippies, to criminalize them and remove these groups from the ability to vote, to disenfranchise them from power. So the answer is, when the old slavers lose power and when they do, SC will become a powerhouse of renewable resources …..

Would South Carolina benefit from legalizing recreational marijuana as much as Missouri has?

I have no clue about the numbers, but if any state needs fewer cops to bust kids and senior citizens for something legal in this country for two hundred years before Prohibition made it even more popular, that means the State taxpayers SAVE money. If the state can then increase its revenue/income by taxing the supply and distribution, it means it can make new money. Ergo, saving and making is GOOD for the taxpayers of ANY state. They need not be as advanced as the western states or major cities; they need to have their eyes open to mathematics. Like Prohibition was repealed, so should be the war on pot.

Would South Carolina benefit from legalizing recreational marijuana as much as Missouri has?

I think so. In the long run, I think it’s going to help Missouri’s economy. You are not going to see potheads everywhere. People will still go about their daily business. Dispensaries will pop up everywhere, like we are doing in Missouri. It hasn’t even been legalized a year yet in Missouri, but I think in the long run, it’s going to help the economy. I do not know what side of the fence you are on, and I am not trying to sway you to support legalization. But I am just giving my opinion.

Would South Carolina benefit from legalizing recreational marijuana as much as Missouri has?

It is difficult to say if South Carolina would benefit from legalizing recreational marijuana as much as Missouri has. Marijuana is currently illegal in South Carolina, both for medical and recreational use. Low-THC/high-CBD oil is legal, though growers and manufacturers must complete a licensing and permitting process1.

In Missouri, the new marijuana law went into effect in December 2022, making it legal for anyone older than 21 to buy, possess, deliver, use, manufacture and sell marijuana in the state. It also sets the stage for thousands of Missourians to have their criminal records expunged, a move that some say is a step in the right direction for criminal justice reform.

Would South Carolina benefit from legalizing recreational marijuana?

The people of South Carolina would benefit from legalizing recreational marijuana in numerous ways. Number one, they could be set free from a South Carolina prison if they’re then there for simple possession, and I know some are. It would also start a multi-million dollar industry in South Carolina that they currently don’t enjoy. And the police in South Carolina could actually spend their time on something productive like violent crime rather than busting teenagers with joints in their pockets. And then ruin their professional lives with a criminal record. I do not know when South Carolina will legalize recreational cannabis, but I figure it’ll be within the next 5 or 10 years. If you want it to be quicker, start arresting the children of white politicians in South Carolina for their cannabis use.

Why are Southern states so against legal marijuana?

Watch Easy Rider for details.

When Harry Anslinger used racist, misogynist and xenophobic propaganda techniques in order to besmirch the name of cannabis sativa (Latin) by communicating anti-cannabis messages directed toward southern conservative voters about the (false) concerns he had regarding interracial rape and social degradation, it stuck.

It stuck hard. To this day, in the South, among the conservative descendants of conservative white Anglo-Saxon Protestant settlers, hemp cannabis equals hippies, equals liberals, equals communists.

The nuevo-conservatives ( not neo-cons) see the operant condition for a republic’s well-being as a thriving economy. Unfortunately, in the arena of hemp/cannabis, this sentiment runs contrary to the feelings of our Southern conservative elders.

Why are Southern states so against legal marijuana?

Not all are; Oklahoma and Arkansas have legalized medical marijuana. Oklahoma has probably the most liberal medical marijuana laws in the state, thanks to a state question approved by the voters and initiated by them. Mostly republican legislature opposes it. Last I checked, 14% of all adult Oklahomans have a medical marijuana license, which costs $100 for a 2-year license. The smell of weed is vital in our state when the wind is not very high. But we are.

Why are Southern states so against legal marijuana?

Harry Anslinger used racist propaganda to outlaw marijuana, not to mention other drugs, by saying that getting high caused interracial sex and blacks to be violent and overthink themselves. In general, it was culturally pushed to think of marijuana as a “black thing”. Same with other illegal drugs.

Believe it or not, this has a lot to do with slavery. The 13th Amendment allows slavery in prison. The southern states made lots of money off of slavery and have forever felt resentful about slavery being banned.

In many ways, the Drug War itself is just the Civil War still going on.

This is why, of course, it is so horrible that America blackmailed and forced countries all over the world to follow suit with unjust and immoral drug laws using the UN, and we now have worldwide drug prohibition. However, they have all seemed to like using drug laws as a way of social control, which is even more disappointing.

People are monsters.

The southern states used prisoners for enslaved people after slavery was abolished and would arrest people, especially minorities, for very little reason.

However, the anti-drug movement gave them precisely what they needed: a way to persecute ordinary citizens with prison time. Ordinary citizens use drugs, whether for medicine, pleasure, or religious reasons. They can still lead a good and fulfilling life.

However, if they are persecuted and chased by the government, this is not the case.

Because ordinary citizens use drugs and consider the laws unjust and do not want to stop because they recognize they aren’t hurting anyone by using drugs, the number of people in jail can skyrocket. There are over 2 million people in prison in the United States, and that’s mainly because people are being locked away for something inoffensive that Americans want legal. Only a small number of wealthy people who make money off of jails and prisons want marijuana illegal, and for the Southern States, it is a grudge that doesn’t go away.

So does the number of people who get away with using drugs and do not go to jail, of course. For the most part, these politicians are liars. They have used drugs; they say they haven’t because of politics. Our last three presidents were outed as being drug users. Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. George W. Bush even dealt cocaine at Yale.

Southern states are against marijuana legalization because they are pro-slavery. It’s really that simple. They hate the northern states for holding it over their head like they’re holier than thou all the time as well.

After I’ve learned all this about the Drug War, I hate the Northern States, too. I’m from Illinois, the land of Lincoln. But did the Northern States try to fight for drug legalization? Did Illinois do anything? No, this was something settled in the Wild West; ironically, the place where the first drug laws were made was the place where the first drug legalization laws were made.

I was taught in elementary school to be proud of being from Illinois because we were instrumental in ending slavery, and here I am learning that slavery never ended. That something worse took its place, a system where they brainwashed people into thinking that people deserve their slavery, their imprisonment.

I don’t think that Harry Anslinger’s propaganda about marijuana being about jazz and causing white women to want to sleep with black men is only in the South, though. It’s pervasive in the North as well. Despite what Illinois children may have learned in elementary school, they went right along with Anslinger.

In my opinion, drug prohibition is the worst of any of the segregation laws that existed in the South. It’s the worst because people try to argue that it is not a racist law. It is a racist law that can be enforced on people of any colour; it is true. But if the reason you can’t have pot is that pot is considered “black”, then it’s a racist law, even if you can get arrested with blonde hair and blue eyes.

I don’t want my people segregated by race, and I also don’t want my drugs segregated by race. There’s no such thing as a black drug and a white drug, but there still is in American law.

Jim Crow laws were in the South; they didn’t exist in Northern states. My father remembers visiting a southern state as a boy and thinking that coloured water would come from the drinking fountain and being disappointed. But the ghetto exists everywhere, and ghettos exist to this day.

Something scary is, if the Drug War blows up into total actual war, we’re not talking about Civil War; we’re talking about WWIII and Mutually Assured Destruction. Everyone is involved in a private American race feud.

They try to argue that it’s not about race; it’s about the drugs being medically harmful, but they’re liars. First of all, they have to lie about the medical effects; second of all, they have to gloss over history as if it didn’t happen; and third of all, they have to convince people that a law that incarcerates the sick is just. Which it isn’t, even though, of course, marijuana will not make you sick; even if it did, it would be wrong to incarcerate you because you are sick.

Which is why every illegal drug should be legalized.

How can Marijuana be legal in some states but not in all states?

It’s a combination of at least two things:

  1. Ignorance – people don’t know enough about Marijuana to see its legalization as a good thing. They still think it’s a gateway drug (wrong), that it’s highly addictive (wrong), and they don’t know that it’s less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco.
  2. Big Pharma – what the pharma industry really doesn’t want is a widely available pain medication that people can even grow themselves. If people could grow their pain medication, they wouldn’t buy theirs anymore. So they throw their lobbyists at the politicians to keep that better pain medication illegal.

How could recreational Marijuana not be a crime in some states, whereas it is still illegal in most of the states?

It’s the same reason why Alabama was the last state to legalize interracial marriage in the year 2000 or why the United States legalized gay marriage nationwide in 2015.

Once an archaic law is created, and governmental institutions heavily follow such law, it becomes challenging to eradicate it.

Marijuana is impossible to lethally overdose on (much like Kratom, which is a substance that could potentially end the opioid epidemic and is likewise under FDA scrutiny). Yet, the government is still invested in the “reefer madness” style propaganda.

During the Nixon era, Marijuana was associated with the “hippies” who favoured pacification and fought against the governmental institutions that were and still are corrupting our society.

Due to this, Marijuana is currently a Schedule 1 Substance, which is the term given to a harmful substance that has little to no medicinal value despite its overall safety and well-documented and accepted therapeutic uses.

Because of the illegality, the War on Drugs has created a dangerous black market filled with synthetic cannabinoids laced with caustic chemicals such as rat poison.

So now, the simple risks of lung disease (which can be avoided by switching the route of administration) are replaced with bloody orifices coupled with seizures and deaths.

So, how could recreational Marijuana be a crime in some states but legal in others?

What states in the South are closest to cannabis legalization?

It’s safe to say that all of them are when the states see they can pull themselves out of the debt hole with cannabis taxation. Currently, It’s a close race between Florida and Kentucky, and Florida would be next in line. Colorado and Oregon were the two states where possession was legal in small quantities, followed by Alaska and Washington, Washington D.C. But blocked by a congressional rider. I think Maine is next online for the northeast USA, but you only ask for the South. It’s the election year, and all the candidates are busy, but sooner or later, all the remaining states will jump on the cannabis wagon.

Is medical Marijuana legal in South Carolina?

Well, I took it upon myself to Google “South Carolina medical marijuana” for you.

This came up. The first link on the top is from March of 2017. It’s July 2nd 2017, so that’s pretty recent. It’s an article about how some folks are pushing to have medical cannabis legalized. So, nope, medical cannabis is NOT legal in South Carolina. Here’s the article from the top link medical marijuana bill in South Carolina bolstered by conservatives – The Boston Globe

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Isn’t South Carolina the only Southern state where marijuana is still illegal?

I’m a minor with autism. Can I get medical Marijuana in South Carolina?

I strongly urge you to go to Google and write ‘Cannabis and Autism studies’

Here’s an extract from one of many articles:


Objective: This retrospective study assessed the safety, tolerability and efficacy of cannabidiol (CBD) based medical cannabis as an adjuvant therapy for refractory behavioural problems in children with ASD.

Background: Anecdotal evidence of successful cannabis treatment in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is accumulating, but formal studies are lacking.

Design/Methods: Sixty children with ASD (age = 11.8± 3.5, range 5.0–17.5; 77% low functioning; 83% boys) were treated with oral CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) at a ratio of 20:1. The dose was up-titrated to effect (maximal CBD dose − 10mg/kg/d). Tolerability and efficacy were assessed using a modified Liverpool Adverse Events Profile, the Caregiver Global Impression of Change (CGIC) scale, the Home Situations Questionnaire–Autism Spectrum Disorder (HSQ-ASD) and the Autism Parenting Stress Index (APSI).

Results: Following the cannabis treatment, behavioural outbreaks were much improved or very much improved (on the CGIC scale) in 61% of patients. The anxiety and communication problems were much or very much improved in 39% and 47%, respectively. Disruptive behaviours were enhanced by 29% from 4.74±1.82 as recorded at baseline on the HSQ-ASD to 3.36±1.56 following the treatment. Parents reported less stress, as reflected in the APSI scores, changing by 33% from 2.04±0.77 to 1.37±0.59. The effect on all outcome measures was more apparent in boys with non-syndromic ASD. Adverse events included sleep disturbances (14%), irritability (9%), and loss of appetite (9%).

Conclusions: This preliminary study supports the feasibility of CBD-based medical cannabis as a promising treatment option for refractory behavioural problems in children with ASD. Based on these good results, we have launched a large, double-masked, placebo-controlled cross-over trial with 120 participants (NCT02956226).

Isn’t South Carolina the only Southern state where marijuana is still illegal?

What is wrong with the southeastern U.S. States that drag their feet in terms of cannabis legalization of any kind?

That’s an inaccurate statement. Much of the South, pretty much most of the South, has either explicitly legalized hemp and CBD again or has had it become legal when the feds finally separated hemp and CBD from marijuana and THC (and legalized the former). To say we’re dragging our feet in legalization “of any kind” is wrong. I have a fully legal vape mod near me with a tank that’s got fully legal CBD in it… in Alabama. We’re backwards on everything else, but you can’t say our government is entirely still screwing it on this subject.

Marijuana and THC are still illegal for two reasons. First, the efforts William Randolph Hearst, Harry Anslinger, and others made to demonize it have caused the emotional response they tied to marijuana to pass down through generations. Hearst, above all, wrote most of the stories of “Reefer Madness” (the movie and 2000s musical parody, both taken largely from Hearst’s stories, with the parody explicitly calling him out and using his quotes… they were so ridiculous that the reality he tried to spread comes off as parody today without any modification). Hearst also not only applied fear stories (about how drugs would make kids… good, white kids, of course… into maniac sex-crazed serial killers) but also was a flaming racist against black people and Mexicans (yeah, this will perpetuate the stereotype that all southerners are racist). Basically, all the fear he induced became “real” for those he induced it in, and they have spread it down to today’s generations in the area. Conservative… one meaning of which is an unwillingness to change our views or our moral outlook, even if our moral outlook is based on recent bullshit that’s totally not part of our religion.

The other reason is business. Pharm companies are big business, and Republicans (grouping politician views, not accusing all of us that lean and are R) support big business. You think southern Republicans in large rural states would support farmers’ choice… but they don’t. Pharm doesn’t want THC legal (surprised CBD got through), so Republicans will keep fighting. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a tiny handful of people in our governments who keep trying to introduce it and pass legalization. There are. But it’ll be a while before those politicians and public opinion of specific segments of the party shift enough for it to get through.

Isn’t South Carolina the only Southern state where marijuana is still illegal?

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