A group called Yeah That Cure encouraged more than six dozen people to rally to support the legalization of medical marijuana in South Carolina.
Organizer of the rally and founder of the group, Emily McSherry (pictured below), remarked that there are not enough people in the city who are doing their part in raising awareness of the issue of medical marijuana legalization in the Palmetto State.
Plenty of people disagree with her, however. Executive director Rich Jones of Faces and Voices of Recovery commented that the idea of marijuana being safe is a major issue. His organization helps those on the road to substance abuse recovery, and he feels that if marijuana were legal, it would raise the number of problems people experience. “It creates a mentality that it’s acceptable and it’s okay, and increases the number of kids who will try this,” said Jones.
Jones’s opinion contradicts the recent study by Harvard University, which found that legalization is not encouraging use. His views also do not align with the study that found that states with legal medical marijuana had 25 percent fewer prescription painkiller induced deaths than other states.
On the other hand, McSherry, who plans to eventually organize a seminar to educate people, feels compassion for those who support and use medical marijuana to treat debilitating medical conditins. McSherry explained to WYFF4,
“Even though it started out researching for my own use, now I feel the compassion of being able to expand this for use for everyone in our state, everyone in the country, in the world even.”
She uses cannabidiol (CBD) oil treat her epilepsy which causes her to suffer several seizures per week. Cannabidiol is one of the more than 80 identified cannabinoids found in marijuana, but unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it is non-psychoactive.
As of right now, certain cannabis oils are permitted for particular medical conditions by prescription only, and marijuana containing THC remains illegal in the state. Supporters like McSherry will continue to spread their message and hope to reach out to people across the country with this movement.
photo credit: WYFF4