South Carolina House Lawmakers Approve Senate-Passed Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill In Subcommittee

South Carolina House Lawmakers Approve Senate-Passed Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill In Subcommittee
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South Carolina lawmakers on Thursday approved a Senate-passed bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state. A subcommittee of the House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee advanced the measure, sponsored by Sen. Tom Davis (R), in a unanimous vote after adopting a couple of amendments. Now it will move to the full committee, which will hold a public hearing on the measure on Monday. The Compassionate Care Act passed the full Senate last month. It was prefiled in late 2020 and passed out of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee last March, but a lone senator blocked it from reaching the chamber floor in 2021. Since then, the Davis redoubled his efforts to get the bill across the finish line, arguing that South Carolina voters are ready what he’s repeatedly called “the most conservative medical cannabis bill in the country.”. The senator said in January that House Speaker Jay Lucas (R) agreed to “allow the bill to go through the House process” if it advanced through the Senate, but a spokesperson for the speaker later told The Charleston Post and Courier that “Sen. Davis doesn’t speak for Speaker Lucas.” https://video.scstatehouse.gov/mp4/20220331HMedicalMilitaryPublicandMunicipalAffairsMSubcommitteeI12106_1.mp4 In any case, the bill has now officially cleared its first hurdle in the opposite chamber with the Health and Environmental Affairs Subcommittee vote. That same panel also approved a separate bill this month that was amended to add marijuana to a list of investigational drugs that patients could lawfully access during epidemic or pandemic outbreaks. On Thursday, the subcommittee approved an amendment to allow podiatrists to recommend medical cannabis if they meet certain requirements. Members also adopted a separate amendment making technical corrections and fixing drafting errors in the Senate-passed bill. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,000 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this…

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