Wednesday, January 23, 2019

16 terms for smoking pot the S.C. attorney general used to scare you about medical marijuana

Scattered, smothered, and chonged

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 5:17 PM

Today, a group of people in lab coats and the state's top cops stood at a press conference in the Statehouse and rattled off a bunch of words nobody's ever used to talk about smoking weed in an attempt to scare the other adult politicians in the building into voting against bipartisan legislation that would legalize medical marijuana.

Here are those 16 terms, many of them literally laughable, so just take a seat.

"They use words like stoned, high, wasted, baked, fried, cooked, chonged, cheeched, dope-faced, blazed, blitzed, blunted, blasted, danked, stupid, wrecked, and that’s only half the words they use."

That's S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson, ladies and gentlemen, describing the menace of smoking marijuana. (Via P&C reporter Andrew Brown.)

Wilson went on to just say out loud that marijuana is "the most dangerous drug" in America.

Now, it probably isn't surprising that law enforcement officers, who have been arresting and jailing people for illegal drugs forever; and doctors, who weren't taught about marijuana in med school, have been standing against proposals to create legal space for medical cannabis.
Attorney General Alan Wilson says the Compassionate Care Act would "basically decriminalize marijuana." That proposal, crafted by Republican state Sen. Tom Davis, has been carefully crafted to not legalize weed, he says, calling the provisions, "very conservative." Some Democrats and Republicans from both chambers have indicated support for the proposal.

And doctors are asking that more research to be done to ascertain the medical effects of marijuana, which has not been approved as a drug by the FDA.

Currently more than 30 states have legalized marijuana for medical use.

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Confederate flag removed from S.C. Statehouse lawn is in a museum. But its plaque doesn't mention Emanuel.

Museum director shifts blame to legislature for lack of funding

Posted by Adam Manno on Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 4:21 PM

Confederate flag replica that last flew in front of the Statehouse is now in a museum - PROVIDED
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  • Confederate flag replica that last flew in front of the Statehouse is now in a museum
The Confederate battle flag that once flew in front of the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia is now on display in a museum, but the plaque next to it makes no mention of why the flag was removed in the first place.

The replica flag has been hanging behind a glass frame at the S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum since late November.

"We did not publicize it at the time, assuming that people would find out on their own, which they have," said Allen Roberson, the museum's executive director, in an email to the City Paper.

From 2000 to 2015, it flew alongside a memorial to Confederate dead directly in front of the capitol.

The Confederate flag has been a political hot potato in Columbia for more than 20 years, but wasn't removed until 2015 after a white supremacist killed nine black worshippers during Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Among those killed was state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the minister at the church.

In the days immediately following the mass murder, politicians including Gov. Nikki Haley and Congressman Mark Sanford resisted calls to remove the flag from its prominent place in front of the state legislature. Sanford called the issue a "Pandora's box."

Eventually, lawmakers from both parties, including Haley and Sanford, united around the cause of removing the flag in the wake of Emanuel, earning enough votes from two-thirds of the House and the Senate to support moving the flag to a museum.

The 2015 legislation that removed the flag specifically called for it to be transported to the Confederate Relic Room, which shares a building with the South Carolina State Museum, for "appropriate display."
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"This is the last reproduction Confederate battle flag to fly on the State House grounds, taken down from the pole behind the Confederate Soldier's Monument on Friday, July 10, 2015," reads the plaque.

Notably absent from the short write-up is the tragedy that led to the flag's removal.

Roberson says there were bigger plans for the flag display, but that budgetary constraints limited what the museum could do.

"Our $350,000 proposal that passed both the House and the Senate last year, but did not make it into the final state budget, would have allowed us to renovate existing office space adjacent to our main gallery and develop a more comprehensive, but small and separate contextual exhibit, that also included projection and audio," he said.

The museum's initial proposal was significantly more expensive, coming in at $3.5 million for a new wing and entrance to the museum.

"That expansion would have provided the museum with additional gallery space and much-needed program space," Roberson said.

The current display runs the museum about $1,400, according to The State newspaper.

Carl Borick, director of the Charleston Museum, says he would've at least mentioned the tragedy if he were tasked with crafting the flag's display.

"If we were gonna exhibit it here, I don’t see how there’s any way you can’t [mention Mother Emanuel]," he said in a phone interview with CP. "But again, museum staffs — they’re responsible for interpreting their artifacts."

The S.C. Secessionist Party holds annual rituals where the flag was flown, constructing a temporary flagpole in the same spot where it last stood on the Statehouse grounds for 15 years. The flag flew on top of the capitol dome next to the S.C. and American flags until 2000, when it was moved near the memorial under Democratic Gov. Jim Hodges.

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Bernie Sanders draws a crowd and gets a standing ovation in North Charleston on Tuesday

Crowd chanted "Run, Bernie, Run" as the senator left the stage

Posted by Adam Manno on Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 1:59 PM

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont delivered something very close to a campaign speech at Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston on Jan. 22, 2019. - ADAM MANNO
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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont delivered something very close to a campaign speech at Royal Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston on Jan. 22, 2019.
Bernie Sanders appeared as spirited as ever during a speech at a church banquet hall in North Charleston Tuesday afternoon.

Over the course of 20 minutes, Sanders railed against the federal government shutdown, President Donald Trump, and the political influence of "oligarchs" and "billionaires" like the Koch brothers, who are known to pour their vast fortune into conservative, corporate-friendly causes.

"We have a president who is a pathological liar," Sanders said. "This is a president who is intentionally and purposefully trying to divide our people up based on the color of their skin, where they were born, their sexual orientation."

The Vermont senator has served an independent since he was first elected to Congress in 1991, but caucuses with Democrats in the Senate. He previously served as the mayor of Burlington, Vt. for eight years.

On Tuesday, Sanders criticized Trump's standoff with Congress over funding for a border wall, which has forced much of the federal government to stay home or work without pay for a month.

"They got kids they gotta feed," Sanders said of federal workers. "They got mortgages they gotta pay. You do not deny a paycheck to 800,000 workers and their families. That is not being a friend of working families."

Sanders delivered a litany of goals, ideals, and grievances that echo his platform in the 2016 Democratic primary race. The democratic socialist lost the presidential nomination to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after capturing just 43 percent of the national Democratic vote, but only 26 percent in South Carolina.

South Carolina is a key early primary state where, in 2016, non-white voters made up 66 percent of the Democratic primary electorate, according to the State Election Commission.

Sanders' trip to the state is just one of a few being made by potential 2020 contenders.

On Monday, the senator attended Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances in Columbia. Earlier on Tuesday, Sanders visited Benedict College, a historically black college in Columbia, and spoke to state lawmakers including the Legislative Black Caucus.

"Each member of each caucus was really moved because they felt he stuck to his message," said state Rep. Wendell Gilliard of Charleston. "He hadn't changed or wavered."

Tuesday's event at Royal Missionary Baptist Church was organized by the political action committee Friends of Bernie Sanders along with Our Revolution S.C., Sanders' 2016 campaign arm in South Carolina. Before the senator took the stage, organizers asked members of the media to leave the "closed event." The press was eventually allowed to stay.

The event was promoted as a "meet-and-greet," though the senator had a plane to catch and left after shaking just a few hands near the stage.

Ultimately, the 77-year-old senator from Vermont did not announce any plans for the 2020 race.

"I'm hoping he'll run," said Veronica Polite, a Ladson resident and a member of Royal Missionary. "Age shouldn’t be a factor like everybody says."

"Personally, I hope he would announce," Gilliard added.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Agenda: Colbert's Trump quote book has raised $2 million for hurricane relief, S.C. ranked one of the least educated states

"Big, ugly fish"

Posted by Lauren Hurlock on Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 12:03 PM

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Whose Boat Is This Boat? has raised $2 million for hurricane charities. The book, made by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, is made up of quotes from President Trump on his visit to the Carolinas in the wake of Hurricanes Florence and Michael last fall. Source: P&C

Gov. Henry McMaster will give the State of the State address on Wed. night at 7 p.m. Source: SC Public Radio

WalletHub has named S.C. one of the least educated states in the country. S.C. ranked dead last for gender gap and 46th in racial gap in educational attainment. Source: Wallethub / The State

Headline: "Big, ugly fish" found floating in S.C. woman's koi pond turned out to be an alligator. Source: Herald Online

In case you missed it: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will be in North Charleston on Tuesday night at the Royal Missionary Baptist Church. Source: City Paper

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CofC launches commemorative stamp campaign for its 250th anniversary in 2020

Show your support for CofC's 250th anniversary commemorative stamp

Posted by Michael Pham on Tue, Jan 22, 2019 at 8:07 AM

Proposed commemorative stamp - COURTESY COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
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College of Charleston will be celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2020, and to celebrate, vice president of Alumni Affairs, Ann Looper Pryor, has proposed a commemorative stamp to memorialize the College's two and a half centuries.

In 2017, former College president Glenn McConnell submitted an official application for the commemorative stamp to the United States Postal Service, endorsed through resolutions by the City of Charleston and the Charleston County Council. In October for 2018, interim president Steve Osborne sent the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) a detailed plan, along with various stamp designs.

Because nearly 50,000 stamp proposals are sent to the CSAC every year, the College of Charleston Alumni Association is requesting all alumni and supporters of the 250th anniversary commemorative stamp to send a letter of support to the CSAC. Major figures such as Mayor John Tecklenburg, College of Charleston Alumni Association president Michael Renault, and the South Carolina congressional delegation have sent letters of support to CSAC.

Details on how to show your support and send letters can be found on the College of Charleston's Alumni Affairs website.

Founded in 1770, College of Charleston is the 13th oldest educational institution and was the first municipal college in the United States.

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