Medical Marijuana to Wait Another Year for Green Light

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – Advocates met Tuesday to reinforce their call to add South Carolina to the list of almost 30 states that have passed comprehensive medical marijuana legislation.

Lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle expressed their desire to make it happen in 2018. A House panel advanced its version of the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, back in February. The Senate did not bring up its version of the bill this year, but lead sponsor Tom Davis says they’ve provided testimony. Now, he says, it’s about crafting a thorough piece of legislation.

“This session has not been a failure, this session has moved the ball down the field considerably,” Davis said.

Janel Ralph made the drive to Columbia from Myrtle Beach. Her daughter Harmony has a rare genetic condition – she’s missing the whole top layer of her brain.

“She was on hospice three years ago, and the told us there was nothing they could do for her,” Ralph said, “and that’s when we started researching cannabis. Once we found it, it changed her life drastically.”

The group that hosted the news conference, Compassionate SC, says it will hold informational meetings until lawmakers reconvene, to continue educating South Carolinians about the benefits of the drug.


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