An S.C. Senate panel quickly killed a proposal Tuesday that would have created a study committee to research the effects of cannabidiol oil — an active ingredient found in marijuana — on prison inmates with physical and mental illnesses.
The oil — used sometimes in place of prescription drugs — can be an effective treatment for people who suffer from epilepsy, schizophrenia and seizures, supporters say.
Originally suggested as a pilot program by state Rep. Mike Pitts, S.C. House budget writers adopted the proviso — or one-year rule — as part of the House’s 2018-’19 budget proposal in March.
The proposal would have given the S.C. Department of Corrections authorization to start a pilot program to study the oil’s effects. The program was to be voluntary, and inmates would not have been forced to join it, the Laurens Republican said.
However, the idea never was supported by the state Corrections Department, which did not ask for it.
“I thought it was a joke,” state Sen. Shane Martin, R-Spartanburg, who chairs the Senate’s criminal justice subcommittee, said Tuesday.
Currently, the use