S.C. Inmate Sues Over Religious Rights

Says should be able to smoke pot

Patrick Gentry
December 16, 2018 - 9:46 pm

A South Carolina inmate is suing the state prisons department, saying the agency violated his religious freedoms by not allowing him to smoke marijuana.

Media outlets report 41-year-old James Rose sued the South Carolina Department of Corrections on Monday.

Rose is serving a life sentence following a 2013 murder conviction. Authorities say he was involved in the execution-style murder of the son of a town council member in Lincolnville.

Rose says the Department of Corrections violates his constitutional rights be refusing to give him marijuana ``as part of the Rastafarian religious practice.'' He also says the agency unlawfully required him to shave his dreadlocks. He says he should be allowed to grow his hair to ``unlimited length'' as part of his religion.

The prisons agency doesn't comment on ongoing litigation.

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