A worker cultivates a special strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web inside a greenhouse. In 2014, the Colorado Board of Health gave $8 million in grants to research the medical potential of marijuana. File/AP Former U.S. District Attorney Bill Nettles has emerged as an advocate for the legalization of medical marijuana. John A. Carlos II/Special to Free Times Some experts think the legalization of medical marijuana in South Carolina is unlikely to happen this year. File Twenty-seven women who needed surgery at Roper Hospital in 2 As parents of toddlers, my wife and I can occasionally use a COLUMBIA — Bill Nettles is in the creaky basement of Immaculate Consumption, a coffee shop near the State House, devouring a breakfast sandwich while he explains the origins of his new company, Palmetto Medical Cannabis. As U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina, a post he held from 2010 to 2016, Nettles tended to focus more on white collar crime than drug war prosecutions, so his turn toward cannabis reform isn’t as dramatic as one might think. Medical marijuana could mean big business for South Carolina

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