A bill that would legalize medical marijuana in South Carolina overcame a key hurdle this week when a Senate committee approved the legislation in an 8-6 vote. The bill now heads to the Senate floor.
While other conservative states have passed some sort of medical marijuana legislation in recent years, most of them restrict in-state production or limit medical cannabis products to cannabidiol (CBD) oil, including South Carolina.
The latest bill, sponsored by Republican State Senator Tom Davis, goes further by allowing the possession of up to two ounces of medical marijuana. It also establishes a regulated medical cannabis industry in the state so patients are not forced to seek medicine through illicit means.
Although the legislation is moving forward in the Senate, the House version of the bill is stuck in committee, facing an April 10 deadline to advance.
And despite Davis’s advocacy for medical marijuana legalization, he doesn’t think the measure has a chance of success: “It is