South Carolina Medical Marijuana Case Hearing
COLUMBIA, SC (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A panel at the South Carolina State House convened on Monday for people to weigh in on potential medical marijuana legislation.
Last week, the state Senate passed a bill authorizing the medical use of the drug, which is already authorized for recreational or medicinal purposes in dozens of states.
South Carolina is considered “restrictive” by marijuana legalization advocates, who have said it only allows the non-smokable form and a handful of medical conditions.
“(They) are removing the flower and smoke option, to the detriment of patients,” said Scott Weldon of the South Carolina chapter of the National Organization for Marijuana Law Reform, also known as NORML.
The State House panel heard from people with issues such as post-traumatic stress or family members suffering from seizures who believe medical marijuana may be helpful. Those who oppose the legislation spoke more generally about the negative effects of marijuana and the need for further studies on the subject.
“We already have two legalized substances out there – alcohol and tobacco – that have already caused drastic consequences for our society. To add another one would make that worse,” Danielle Russell of Keystone Substance Abuse Services told Rock Hill.
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No matter what happens in the state legislature, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has voiced his opposition to medical marijuana. However, both sides on the issue said legalizing marijuana is a matter of “when,” not if, noting nationwide moves to decriminalize marijuana.