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.
But it’s still startling to hear a top federal prosecutor break down why South Carolina should legalize medical marijuana.
“You could just decide this purely on economics. Take the moral issue out of it,” he says. “Opioid overdoses are very expensive. People have to go to hospitals, people incur costs, not to mention the social costs. How does that happen? … There’s a lot of pain out there. When a doctor gives you a prescription