COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina senators Wednesday approved the use of medical marijuana in the state on a 28-15 vote that finished a Republican senator’s seven-year quest to pass the proposal, but the legislation still has some hurdles to pass to become law.

The proposal had both bipartisan support and opposition in the Republican-dominated Senate. Seventeen Republicans voted for the bill and 10 opposed it. It faces one more routine vote before going to the House where it has never been taken up on the floor.

The bill has been a crusade for Sen. Tom Davis for seven years and several senators said his tireless attempts to change their minds turned them into supporters.ADVERTISEMENT

Davis said his proposal would be one of the most conservative among the 37 states that have approved medical marijuana, including Mississippi, which signed a bill into law last week.HealthMost vulnerable still in jeopardy as COVID precautions easeCDC proposes softer guidance on opioid prescriptionsEXPLAINER: The drug behind Russia’s Olympic doping case3 million plaintiffs seek $1.2B from California health firm

The proposal specifies the illnesses that could be treated, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, sickle cell anemia and autism. And the marijuana could be obtained only through specially chosen pharmacies.

Smoking the drug would remain illegal in South Carolina. Instead, patients would have to use oils, salves, patches or vaporizers. Doctors would have to meet patients in person and patients could only get a two-week supply at one time.

Senators and supporters hugged Davis and slapped his back after the vote. He had fought for this a long time.

In 2014, a woman came up to Davis at a Rotary Club meeting and told him about her granddaughter, whose excruciating seizures could only be stopped with a marijuana derivative. The Beaufort Republican heard more stories of people buying marijuana illegally because it was the only thing that provided relief.

In 2016, Davis would take the floor of the Senate every day during the short period for senators to make personal speeches, opportunities Davis would use to spotlight someone suffering without medical marijuana.

“When people come up to you and people talk about problems in their lives and ways you can address it to make them better, I think we have a moral obligation as well as a legal one to listen to that and make it happen,” Davis said.

Senators considered more than 65 changes to the bill over seven days of debate. Davis welcomed the work, saying he wanted to make his bill better.

Amendments that passed included giving preference to South Carolina farmers to grow the marijuana for the program to charging a 6% sales tax to allowing cities or counties to prohibit legal medical marijuana in their jurisdiction.ADVERTISEMENT

The bill has been the only major item debated by the Senate since Jan. 26.

Many law enforcement agencies and religious groups oppose the bill. Critics feared it would set up what some called a “marijuana industrial complex” and allow the state to quickly shift to permitting recreational marijuana use.

Opponents also said it would make it easier for teenagers to get marijuana prescribed to family members or friends.

“They are either going to give it to them, they are going to sell it to them or they are going to take it from them,” said Sen. Kevin Johnson, a Democrat from Manning.

Supporters said plenty of people are already using marijuana illegally and will continue doing so if the bill was rejected.

“Whether we pass it or whether we kill it. illegal use of marijuana will continue to grow in this state. It absolutely will. The only question is are we going to make criminals out of some people who would not otherwise be criminals,” said Sen. Larry Grooms, a Republican from Bonneau.

Sen. Sean Bennett said he decided in the final hour of debate to support the bill, but he worried all the changes created a “Frankenstein monster.”

“I think the public is going to be a little surprised what is in it and what is not in it,” said Bennett, a Republican from Summerville.

The bill is set to move next to the House, which must approve it before the General Assembly session ends in May — or it will die.

Gov. Henry McMaster has said his position on medical marijuana is evolving, but he refused to say Tuesday what he might do if the bill reaches his desk.

“Premature to say,” the governor told reporters. “I’d have to see what is in the bill.”

Original Article:

Photo Credit: Scott Suchy

3 thoughts on “SC Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Bill, House Up Next”
  1. If you are looking to buy a baby pug, Black and white pugs, Mini pug puppies for sale, Black and tan pug for sale, Teacup pug puppies for sale, Female pug puppies, pug puppies for sale, pug puppies for sale near me, pug puppies for sale under $500 near me.
    Pug Puppies for Sale Near Me
    pugs puppies for sale
    teacup pugs for sale
    pug puppies for sale by owner
    pug puppies ohio
    pug puppies for sale in kentucky
    Pug Puppies for Sale Under $500 Near Me
    pug puppies for sale in texas
    pug puppies for sale $200
    pugs for sale near me under $500
    pugs for sale under $400 near me
    pugs for sale near me
    puppies for sale near me under $500
    pug puppies for sale under $1,000 near me
    pug for sale
    pug puppies for sale under $300
    Brindle Pug
    Pitbull Pug Mix
    Pugs for sale cheap
    Cheap pug
    affordable pug puppies for sale near me
    black pugs for sale near me
    White Pugs for sale
    pug dog for sale
    free pug puppies
    pug puppies for sale in my area
    mn pug breeders
    pug puppies indiana
    pugs for sale michigan



















    Pug puppies for sale
    Pug puppies for sale near me

    Pug puppies near me
    Pug Puppies for Sale Under $500 Near Me

    Cute Pug Puppies

    Black pug puppies
    Black pug puppies for sale

    pug puppies for adoption

    black pug puppies for sale near me

    chihuahua pug mix puppies

    how much is a pug puppy

    teacup pug puppies

    baby pug puppies

    baby pug puppies for sale

    pictures of pug puppies

    pug puppies for sale in Ohio

    pug puppies price

    pug mix puppies

    teacup pug puppies for sale

    best food for pug puppy

    newborn pug puppies

    pug puppies craigslist

    pug puppies for sale craigslist

    adorable pug puppies

    how much does a pug puppy cost

    Pitbull pug mix puppies

    pug pit mix puppy

    pug puppies for sale $200

    pug puppies for sale in NJ

    Pug puppies for sale in Wisconsin

    pug puppy cost

    pug puppy food

    royal canin pug puppy
    royal canin pug puppy food

    fawn pug puppy

    pug puppies for sale florida

    pug puppies for sale in Indiana

    pug puppies for sale in KY

    pug puppies for sale in NC

    pug dog puppy

    AKC Registered Pug Puppies For sale

    cheap pug puppies for sale near me

    cheap pug puppies for sale in California

    cheap pug puppies for sale in nj

    Black Pug Puppies for sale

    pugs puppies for sale

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *