South Carolina Lawmakers Hear Senate-Passed Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee

South Carolina Lawmakers Hear Senate-Passed Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill In Committee
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A South Carolina House committee on Monday discussed a Senate-passed bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state, with members hearing hours of testimony from a wide range of voices including military veterans and pharmacists. The House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee took up the legislation from Sen. Tom Davis (R) one week after a subcommittee voted unanimously to advance it. The Compassionate Care Act passed the full Senate in February. 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, Davis has 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.” Davis used his testimony to address House colleagues’ concerns that had been raised earlier in the hearing, including worries about the possibility of increased impaired driving post-legalization. “I keep hearing that if we authorize medical cannabis, there’s going to be an increase in impaired driving. We have had the experience at 37 states with this—decades of experience…saying there is a negative correlation between medical cannabis laws and incidents of impaired driving impaired driving goes down, down, unequivocally down.” He also stressed that lawmakers should remove themselves from the medical process and let patients access a product in consultation with their doctors. During his impassioned testimony at the close of the hearing, the senator also said that the origin of federal marijuana prohibition goes back to President Richard Nixon’s administration “wanting to get out the war protesters and wanting to stick it to them.” “This is a medical bill that is so tight—is tighter in terms of the qualifying conditions, is tighter in…

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