COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSAV)– Local advocacy groups in favor of medical marijuana along with state legislators and medical professional help an educational seminar to fill the public in on the benefits the drug can offer chronically ill patients.
The Compassionate Care Act was introduced during last session and would allow the use of the drug for patients with certain medical disorders like multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.
There are 29 states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Supporters in South Carolina are hoping the state is the next to join the list. Both researchers and advocacy groups are working towards its passage.
Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti, the Vice President of Research at the University of South Carolina, has been studying the effects of marijuana on medical disorders for the past 17 years. He says the bill is necessary in helping some patients lead normal lives. “When a child is going through hundreds of seizures a day and there is no treatment available.. or there is a terminal cancer like a brain tumor that’s going to kill that individual in a few weeks..we