Senate Bill 366
A medical marijuana bill was officially introduced in the South Carolina Senate, one of the more traditionally Conservative states in the country.
The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act (Senate Bill 366) would legalize marijuana and permit up to 2 ounces of cannabis (or equal in cannabis products) for those with a debilitating medical condition, as prescribed by their doctor.
Conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, glaucoma, PTSD, Chron’s Disease, sickle cell anemia, ulcerative colitis, wasting syndrome, persistent nausea, people undergoing end-of-life hospice care and much more may allow patients to be eligible for a medical cannabis card with their doctor’s approval and oversight.”It’s a very socially conservative, medical cannabis bill that is very tightly-regulated, supervised by doctors, supervised by SLED and DHEQ and which draws a bright-yellow line against recreational use and I think that is what South Carolinians desire,” the bill’s author, Senator Tom Davis said.
Davis said he’s been working on this legislation for four decades.
“It has been a natural thing,” Senator Davis said. “We’ve been adding things to it, we’ve been refining it, tightening it up, clarifying, getting input from other legislators.”
“Seventy-five percent of South Carolinians…want physicians to be in a position to possess the power to prescribe cannabis for certain, certain states, which the science shows can be addressed with cannabis,” Senator Davis said.
The South Carolina Medical Association, for the time being, isn’t in support of medical marijuana.
“Medical studies have failed to make it obvious what advantages there are in using marijuana,” Ropp wrote. “As doctors, our main concern is medical safety and effectiveness, which may only be clearly determined for bud after controlled scientific testing on a prevalent peer reviewed basis. For decades, the DEA, FDA, and National Institutes of Health have all agreed on this exact same procedure. Until such wide-scale testing occurs, it remains dangerous for our legislative body to ask doctors to function as gatekeepers for marijuana in our state.”
A 2014, WebMD poll, found that 69 percent of 1,544 doctors surveyed believe marijuana can help with specific remedies and conditions.
The Compassionate Care Act does not allow for smoking of marijuana but does allow for your cannabis flower to be sold, edibles, vapes, oils along with other procedures of ingestion.
“It has taken four or five years to get to this point but that’s O.K.,” Senator Davis stated. “It will be read throughout the desk of both the House and Senate on Tuesday…I’m really good about getting something accepted this session until we adjourn in May.”
In North Carolina, lawmakers were also working on legislation which would legalize medical marijuana before the new year.