South Carolina Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Suffers Another Procedural Defeat

South Carolina Medical Marijuana Legalization Bill Suffers Another Procedural Defeat
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An effort by a South Carolina senator to resurrect legislation to legalize medical marijuana was unsuccessful on Wednesday. Sen. Tom Davis’s (R) move to add the main provisions of his bill to legalize medical marijuana to largely unrelated legislation was ruled not germane by Senate leadership, a move that comes one week after the House killed Senate-passed legislation to allow patients to legally access cannabis. The latest development marks another procedural defeat that’s unrelated to the policy merits of the reform proposal. The reason that the earlier bill was rejected is because it contained revenue-raising provisions, and so legislative leaders deemed that it needed to originate in the House, rather than the Senate, under the state constitution. There were expectations that the sponsor would attempt to keep the issue alive by putting the full language of his medical cannabis measure into an unrelated House bill to resolve the issue. But instead, he proposed it as an amendment to a Senate bill on contraceptives on Wednesday, without the tax provisions. Davis’s original legislation cleared his chamber along largely bipartisan lines in February. It’s since moved through several panels in the House before reaching the full body, where it was blocked on procedural grounds last week. NEW: @SenTomDavisSC is trying to amend his contraceptives bill (S.628) to include the Compassionate Care Act (S.150) without the 6% tax for medical cannabis. Objections have been brought up in the Senate. @WSPA7 pic.twitter.com/E3mwx7XVV6 — Jason Raven (@JasonRaven_) May 11, 2022 Sen. Billy Garrett (R) contested Davis’s justification for the amendment, arguing that it was too far of a stretch to include medical cannabis reform that affects criminal code in the pharmacy bill. Davis pushed back and defended its germaneness on the basis that the House previously amended the legislation to include a mention of medical cannabis,…

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