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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The South Carolina Democratic primary ballot in June will ask voters whether they support legalizing medical marijuana to treat severe illnesses.

House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford said Wednesday he wanted it on the ballot so the Legislature's Republican leaders could see what voters think of the issue.

The Columbia Democrat proposes allowing patients certified by a doctor as suffering a debilitating illness to use marijuana.

The advisory question is among five asked on the Republican and Democratic ballots June 10. Two others on the Democratic ballot deal with gambling.

Republican voters will be asked about abortion and eliminating the state income tax.

How voters respond to primary questions do not necessarily translate to legislative action. But they are traditionally a way to get voters to the polls.

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