The Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee amended and approved a medical marijuana bill on Wednesday, sending it to the full Senate Medical Affairs Committee for consideration. The vote followed a gathering of patients and advocates from around South Carolina at the State House on Tuesday urging lawmakers to allow similar legislation to move forward. The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, known as S 212 in the Senate, would allow seriously ill patients to have access to a regulated medical marijuana system, as they do in 29 other states and the District of Columbia.
“The subcommittee’s vote has given thousands of patients and their families hope that the legislature has not forgotten them, and that relief may be in sight,” said Janel Ralph, executive director of Compassionate South Carolina, whose eight-year-old daughter has a rare seizure disorder.
Advancement of the bill is welcome news to patients in South Carolina, who have supported the measure since it was introduced in January 2017. The subcommittee made a number of changes, including a clear ban on smoking medical cannabis and more specific requirements for physicians, along