by CHARLES HALL || Is it me or is it just another typical year in Columbia, South Carolina? It seems the level of hot air has increased as the S.C. General Assembly has come in session. As that level of hot air goes up, so does the level of frustration for the common South Carolina citizen. Case in point? The delay tactics of S.C. House medical, military, public and municipal affairs committee Leon Howard.
Chairman Howard, you have purposely delayed debate in full committee of the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act (H. 3521) since the spring of 2017. For those not in the know, the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act would establish a medical marijuana program in the Palmetto State. This will be the most comprehensively conservative program enacted by any state.
The bill came out of subcommittee in the spring of 2017, yet Chairman Howard has not placed the bill on a full committee agenda with enough time for the committee members to debate the bill and offer amendments. By comparison, in what was a 14-month process in the Senate,