Just over two decades ago, California became the first state to legalize and regulate medical marijuana. Since then, the nationwide trend has almost without exception been toward loosening prohibitions on the drug, particularly in light of increasing evidence that supports its therapeutic use in treatment of a range of ailments. All told, 28 state currently authorize cannabis for medical treatment.
Now South Carolina has a chance to enact its own sensible medical cannabis laws, and state lawmakers should seize the opportunity.
A bipartisan group of legislators, led by Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, recently unveiled the S.C. Compassionate Care Act. The detailed legislation provides a framework for regulating marijuana cultivation, sale, prescription and consumption by patients with “debilitating conditions.”
It’s not the first time South Carolina has floated a bill to legalize medical pot. Last year, a similar effort died in committee after state law enforcement officials came out against it.
And a 2014 law permitted the use of oil derived from cannabis that is used to treat seizures, although conflicting provisions in other S.C. laws have made it difficult for