COLUMBIA, SC (WSPA) — Right now, 36 states have legalized medical cannabis in some form, advocates hope the Palmetto State is next.
Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) prefiled S.150 the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act this week. Sen. Davis said he has been pushing for legalization of medical cannabis since 2014 and believes next year it has a chance to pass.
“I have a majority of state Senators who will vote for this and I have a majority of House members who will vote for this bill,” Davis said.
He called his bill the most conservative medical cannabis bill in the country. “We limit the qualifying conditions to medical conditions for which there is empirical evidence that medical cannabis can be a medicinal benefit.”
That list includes: cancer, multiple sclerosis, a neurological disease or disorder (including epilepsy), sickle cell anemia, glaucoma, PTSD, autism, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, cachexia, a condition causing a person to be home-bound that includes severe or persistent nausea, terminal illness with less than one-year life expectancy, a chronic medical condition causing severe and persistent muscle spasms, or a chronic medical condition for which an opioid is or could be prescribed based on standards of care.
Davis said the bill has limitations in place. “We’ve gone ahead and eliminated smoking of cannabis from the…
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