SOUTH CAROLINA: State representative Mike Pitts is a retired Greenville police officer … So a bill he just prefiled might surprise some people.
It would decriminalize the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana.
It would not legalize it … But instead of a -criminal- offense … It would be a civil case with a fine … Instead of possible jail time.
“As a law enforcement officer, the biggest thing that I see is a person can be arrested for a small amount, a half-a-joint, for instance. Criminal record stays there forever unless they have it expunged.”