South Carolina has never been one of America's most progressive states. When we do move, it's slowly forward — and admittedly, sometimes backwards. But there's hope on the horizon, at least when it comes to the issue of marijuana. In 2014 a new law was passed allowing for cannabidiol, a marijuana-based drug, to be used in specific cases. Sadly, a much broader medical marijuana bill failed this past year. Sigh. Regardless, South Carolina is finally beginning to take its first steps toward full-on recreational marijuana legalization. That day is inevitable. It's not a matter of if, but when. And seeing how this issue comes out on 4/20, well, we couldn't avoid taking a special look at that special bud. Enjoy.
Send a message to our state's leaders to join other U.S. states in legalizing marijuana in South Carolina. — Sam Spence
2016 is a crucial election year — for reasons that have nothing to do with who's the next president. Things are heating up for the marijuana industry, and there's a good chance that four states — Nevada, California, Vermont, and Arizona — will legalize recreational marijuana this year. In addition to these pot-friendly states, up to 20 more will also look to ease restrictions. — Connelly Hardaway
For all of its stately homes and palmetto-laden vistas, Charleston doesn't quite have what it takes to meet the needs of every traveler. Yes, there's world-class dining and historic landmarks, but what the city doesn't have is legal marijuana. — Dustin Waters
The South Carolina Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act of 1980 had been on the books for more than three decades when state Sen. Tom Davis first met Harriet Hilton. Before sitting down with Hilton, the Beaufort senator had never given much thought to introducing legislation regarding medical marijuana, but the story he heard that day in 2014 set Davis on a new path. It was that day that he learned about Hilton's young granddaughter, — Dustin Waters