Democratic primary voters in South Carolina have overwhelmingly voted in favor of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.
The advisory ballot measure, which is not binding and does not change any laws, was sailing to passage Tuesday night by an 81% to 19% margin, with more than 88% of precincts reporting.
“Do you support passing a state law allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients?”
The strong support for the question adds to growing pressure on state lawmakers to change the law to allow people to use cannabis in accordance with physician recommendations without fear of being arrested.
Its passage comes on the same day that a key U.S. Senate subcommittee moved for the first time ever to include protections for state medical marijuana laws in base Justice Department funding legislation.
South Carolina House and Senate committees approved medical cannabis legislation this year, but the bills never advanced to votes on the floor of either chamber.
Former U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles reportedly pushed both major parties to place the cannabis question on their primary ballots, but only Democrats agreed.