Legislation Alert:

South Carolina Compassionate Care Act

There exists, in both houses of the South Carolina Legislature, identical bills to legalize marijuana in the state (S 212, H3521).  While these bills address the legalization for medicinal purposes, there are many collateral issues that make this legislation catastrophic for public safety in our state.  Further, marijuana is outlawed at the federal level, so the FDA cannot approve use and federalized banks and credit unions cannot support the trade in any way.  The net effect of this legislation will:

  1. Legalize marijuana for almost anyone who wants to consume it
  2. Result in the emergence of black market sales of possession cards and marijuana
  3. Force the replacement of all police drug canines
  4. Remove virtually all enforcement of illegal marijuana possession, as police detentions become very difficult to justify
  5. Result in a "cash" business structure, that will bring more robberies and other violent crime to our cities
  6. Result in money laundering activities, as federalized banks cannot be used for monetary transactions without "legitimizing" monies associated with this trade
  7. Result in "Pot" shops emerging on Main Streets, malls, and shopping centers and waterfronts near you.

Where else can a "patient" go to select his or her dosage of any drug, based solely upon desire and how much he or she is willing to spend?  This legislation is bad news for South Carolina and should be shelved.



Business License Tax Standardization Act

Rep. Sandifer has reintroduced legislation that prevents cities and counties from imposing business license taxes (H3650, H3651).  This legislation will undermine police and fire public safety services by reducing revenues that support public safety, and will be devastating to cities in particular.  Many millions in revenues for our cities will dry up if this legislation is passed.  In Greenville alone, the impact in reduced revenues is projected at $8M and other cities stand to lose even more.  The advocated solution: raise property taxes.  This is not an appropriate solution at all.  City property owners alone should not bear the burdens for the provisions and amenities of city services, when many or most consumers of those services live outside those municipal boundaries.

Businesses that locate or conduct operations within our cities place burdens of all types upon city resources.  In the traditionally small cities of South Carolina, where annexation laws are among the strictest in the nation, most employees of municipal businesses live outside the city limits. Yet, these employees routinely consume the services and amenities that city governments provide.  Under this legislation, those consumers would contribute nothing.  City residents alone would be underwriting the benefits and provisions of service that those non-resident employees enjoy each and every day.

The legislation that Representative Sandifer has proposed offers only to provide for one thing: The hastened diminishment of South Carolina's greatest assets ~ her cities.