Politician Info
A Derrick Quarles (D - SC) LEGALIZE, TAX, AND REGULATE DECRIMINALIZE MEDICAL USE

Candidate in race for State House District 25 (D) on Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Biography

www.DerrickForSC.com

PO Box 5925, Greenville, SC 29606

Best Point Of Contact - Justin Smith, jas3@g.clemson.edu

https://www.derrickforsc.com/publichealth 

Position on Marijuana Legalization

The federal prohibition of marijuana should end. Specifically, I support the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, which passed the House but has stalled in the Senate.  This legislation would remove marijuana from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act and expunge related federal convictions. 

I support the full legalization of marijuana for responsible adult use. South Carolina should join the growing number of states that have legalized, regulated, and taxed marijuana. Additionally, nonviolent marijuana related offenses should be automatically expunged with legalization.  

Position on Marijuana Decriminalization

Short of full legalization, I support the decriminalization of simple possession of marijuana.  Far too many lives have been negatively impacted due to harsh penalties associated with simple possession—a nonviolent offense.  Additionally, studies indicate that people of all races use marijuana at the statically same rate; however, Black and brown people are prosecuted for marijuana related offenses at a disproportionately high rate.  The decriminalization of simple possession of marijuana is one step we must take to create a more just criminal justice system. 

 

Position on Medical Marijuana

I strongly support the S.C. House Compassionate Care Act, which, if enacted, would allow South Carolina patients to access medical cannabis when prescribed by a physician. This is a bipartisan piece of legislation that passed the SC Senate, but, unfortunately failed in the SC House due to procedural moves. In the South Carolina House of Representatives, I will fight to pass the Compassionate Care Act as well as additional legislation to join the growing list of states and territories that have fully legalized and regulated cannabis.

Medical marijuana should be legal and accessible to patients when prescribed by their health care provider. With proven medicinal properties, medical marijuana is a far safer alternative to many prescription drugs, and has documented pain relieving potential. The legalization of medical marijuana is also a way to tackle the opioid epidemic, which has negatively affected millions of Americans. 

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