Organization protesting to legalize marijuana in SC

NORMAL protesting to legalize marijuana in SC

COLUMBIA (WACH)-Marijuana use could possibly be legal in South Carolina soon if one group gets its way.

The Columbia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is protesting congressional offices across the palmetto state Friday afternoon.

We spoke with the president of the Columbia chapter of NORML who says marijuana legalization could be a reality if a federal bill becomes law.

The measure would allow state health departments to research and classify narcotics instead of leaving it up to law enforcement.

But a USC law professor says it's going to be a while before recreational use will happen.

"At least for them to start with the medicinal aspect of this, at least with DHEC's program being hindered by the current law that states it must follow federal guidelines as far as procurement and distribution." said Wayne Borders President of Columbia NORML.

"I don't see in the immediate future the state taking much action. Just today, the justice department actually decided not to enforce federal marijuana laws against Colorado and Washington that adopted those laws, so that could change the thinking in the state legislature." said Prof. Collin Miller with USC School of Law.

The rally begins at 4 p.m. Friday at Congressman Jim Clyburn's office located at 1225 Lady Street in downtown Columbia.