I stand in support of a well-regulated medical cannabis program for South Carolina’s patients. As a member of the clergy, I cannot stand by and remain silent while members of our community struggle with serious illness. For some, medical cannabis can provide significant medical benefit for treating a wide range of illness. Others prefer an alternative to narcotic medication and the risks narcotic pain relievers can present.

Patients should have access to a well-regulated and compassionate program, particularly when their physicians agree. Seriously ill patients should not be treated like criminals for alleviating suffering.

As a member of the spiritual leadership in my community, I am committed to improving the lives of those around me through healing, mercy, and compassion, and I urge the South Carolina Legislature and the governor to adopt a medical cannabis program for our friends, family, and loved ones who need help.