Advocates Push for Medical Cannabis Legalization in South Carolina
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Advocates Push for Medical Cannabis Legalization in South Carolina

Medical marijuana supporters gathered at the State House Jan. 22 to urge legislators to approve a medical cannabis program during this year’s legislative session.

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January 23, 2020

Medical cannabis supporters gathered at the South Carolina State House Jan. 22 to urge legislators to approve a medical cannabis program during this year’s legislative session.

Last year, Sen. Tom Davis and Rep. Peter McCoy introduced the Compassionate Care Act to establish a regulated medical cannabis program in the state, but the legislation was ultimately postponed after undergoing several last-minute amendments in the Senate.

This year's version of the bill was scheduled for a Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs (3M) Committee hearing Jan. 22, and the Senate Medical Affairs Committee is expected to take up the Senate version of the legislation in the coming weeks, according to a press release.

South Carolina patients, health care professionals and veterans were in attendance Jan. 22 to show their support of the legislation, according to a local ABC Columbia report, although there is no indication of when a vote will take place on the bill in either chamber.