South Carolina House Committee Sets Public Hearing on Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis

South Carolina House Committee Sets Public Hearing on Bill to Legalize Medical Cannabis
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<![CDATA[A South Carolina House committee plans to hold a public hearing April 4 on legislation to legalize medical cannabis.A small group of House members made changes to the bill March 31, according to the Associated Press, and more discussion is expected next week at the full Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee hearing.RELATED: South Carolina Medical Cannabis Bill Scheduled for First House Hearing After Senate ApprovalS. 150, titled the SC Compassionate Care Act, is sponsored by Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, who has been advocating for medical cannabis policy reform in South Carolina for years.The legislation outlines 13 qualifying conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic medical conditions causing serious muscle spasms, and any chronic or debilitating condition for which an opioid is prescribed.The SC Compassionate Care Act would allow qualified patients to access a two-week supply of medical cannabis in the form of oils, vaporizers, salves, topicals and patches, and the bill calls for a 6% sales tax on these products.The South Carolina Senate passed the bill Feb. 9 in a 28-15 vote, and a small group of lawmakers from the House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee approved a few changes to the legislation Thursday, including an amendment to clean up the grammar and fix typos in the bill text, AP reported.A second amendment would allow podiatrists with additional training to recommend medical cannabis to their patients, according to the news outlet.A more in-depth discussion on the bill is expected at the April 4 hearing with the full House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee, AP reported.The committee, better known as the 3M Committee, is the only one with a Democratic majority, according to a WCSC report, and the committee’s chairman, Rep. Leon Howard, D-Richland, told the news outlet that he is optimistic about…

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