Sheila Gallagher: School Superintendent candidate proposes legalization of pot to fund education

An idea on a school superintendent candidate's platform is causing a bit of a stir in South Carolina.

She wants to legalize marijuana to help fund education.

"You see, when it comes to public schools, we all know what's wrong, and some of us even know what's right," Democratic Education Superintendent Candidate Sheila Gallagher said during a speech.

It was a speech that drew a mixture of some applause and some raised eyebrows.

Gallagher is calling for more "green" for schools by legalizing "green" in south carolina.

"It isn't about getting high. It's about investing $188 million every year until we have the best schools in the nation," said Gallagher.

Gallagher, a former teacher and president of the South Carolina education association, says it's all about funding in a state that needs more dollars in the classrooms.

"If people will take the time to look at what happened in Colorado and the state of Washington, they see there's money coming in," Gallagher said.

She says legalized pot could open the doors to more teachers, better paid teachers, small class sizes, and more classroom supplies.

Harold Geddings, a Labor Party congressional candidate, is on board.

"I think it's high time that somebody finally stands up and goes to bat for it," said Geddings. "It used to be this big taboo thing, but I mean, you look at the polling data now. An overwhelming majority has done it at some points of their lives."

Gallagher's opponent, School Superintendent candidate Montrio Belton disagrees, "I was shocked that that was coming from a public educator and a former health and P.E. teacher."

He says he's dedicated his entire career to keeping students off drugs.

"It has been demonstrated that marijuana is a gateway drug," claims Belton.


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