South Carolina Democrats have recently been discussing future proposals with their voters. Among the topics raised were the legalization of Marijuana, and the liberalization of the states’ gambling laws, making this a rare occasion when drugs and gambling.
In the USA, political parties seek the opinions of voters in ‘Primaries’, where the future direction ofВ each party is guided by what the people want. Under this system, voters get their say on non-binding questions and the ones deemed most important can become policy.
Just Say Casino
South Carolina Democrats are this month to ask local voters their opinions on a number of subjects, and on this occasion, both the legalization of Marijuana and the relaxation of gambling laws are to be raised. It’s long been recognised that drugs and gambling make a terrible mix, as irresponsible decisions are made by the affected players, so this is one of those rare occasions that the two subjects can be grouped together.
A major reason for wanting to change the laws is to raise tax revenues for the state, and it has been estimated that 2 or 3 casinos on Myrtle Beach along the Atlantic coast could bring in hundreds of millions of Dollars each year. It has been suggested that the extra money be put towards fixing the highways across the state. The question says ”The S.C. Department of Transportation estimates more than $20 billion is required to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges. Should gaming laws be modernized to fund the repairs instead of a tax increase?”
Online gambling is also being looked at, with Democrats asking whether individual states or Congress should decide what can be allowed, while the Marijuana connection comes from the question of whether it can be permitted on medical grounds.
The results of the primary ballot will not change the local laws, but will certainly be watched closely by lawmakers, who will have a clear idea of the subjects that are important to the citizens of South Carolina.
Todd Rutherford, House Minority Leader” has said of the vote ”Those people that oppose it on moral grounds, don’t have to gamble. I don’t gamble. But if you don’t like it, don’t do it. But also, if you don’t like it, come out and vote no. That’s what a referendum is about; it’s about telling politicians what we think as citizens, rather than having the politicians tell us what to do,”