South Carolina Medical Marijuana Bill Approved In House Committee And Heads To Floor

South Carolina Medical Marijuana Bill Approved In House Committee And Heads To Floor
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A bill to legalize medical marijuana passed a key South Carolina House committee on Thursday, days after the panel heard hours of testimony on the reform. If enacted into law, the measure would create what both supporters and critics alike acknowledge would be among the most restrictive medical cannabis laws in the country. The House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee voted 15–3 to advance the bill, which now proceeds to the House floor. Thursday’s vote follows approval last week by a panel subcommittee. The Senate already passed the measure, sponsored by Sen. Tom Davis (R), on a bipartisan vote in February. Rep. Vic Dabney (R) had offered more than 100 amendments to the bill ahead of Thursday’s hearing, which threatened to stretch discussion late into the night. But at the beginning of the meeting, the Democrat-led committee decided to dismiss the bulk of the proposed amendments as dilatory, meaning they were unfriendly and would likely only stall action on the legalization bill itself. Dabney subsequently pulled most of his other amendments. https://video.scstatehouse.gov/mp4/20220407HMedicalMilitaryPublicandMunicipalAffairsMFullCommittee12190_1.mp4 The one amendment approved by the committee adds to the bill’s packaging and labeling requirements, mandating that, among other things, cannabis products be labeled as indica, sativa or hybrid. Despite the change, not all members of the panel appeared to be clear on the distinction, which centers on how certain cannabis plants grow. Dabney, for example, repeatedly referred to indica strains of cannabis as “activa” and incorrectly said the category of strains was less potent than other varieties. Several Republican members of the panel said that while cannabis might be appropriate for patients in certain limited cases, they were worried that legalizing medical marijuana would degrade society. “My concern is, across the nation, wherever these bills have passed, a lot of problems develop,” Dabney said. A friend…

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