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Medical marijuana gets overwhelming support from SC Democrats

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A bag of state-authorized medical marijuana from California. File

Democrats at the polls Tuesday overwhelmingly threw their support behind medical marijuana.

Republicans, meanwhile, backed registration by political party.

Neither has a chance of becoming law unless the Statehouse acts down the road.

The various non-binding questions added to the separate party ballots were crafted to gauge opinion and boost turnout.

They returned the expected results as supported by the respective party leadership.

Democrats supported passing a state law allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients by a 82 percent to 18 percent margin, according to late unofficial returns.

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They also backed passing a state law requiring the governor to accept all federal revenues offered to support Medicaid and Medicaid expansion efforts in the state.

It was passing 93 percent to 7 percent, according to late night returns.

Republicans backed giving voters the option to choose to affiliate with a political party when they register to vote.

It was being approved 82 percent to 18 percent, late numbers showed.

Republicans also said South Carolina's tax code should be brought into conformity with the new Trump administration tax cuts in the federal code, with a lowering of the overall tax burden on everybody.

It was being approved 92 percent to 8 percent.

Reach Schuyler Kropf at 843-937-5551. Follow him on Twitter at @skropf47.

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