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A law to legalize the use of medical marijuana in South Carolina is unlikely to pass this year, but cannabis advocates are still positive that progress is being made. A state Senate subcommittee narrowly voted to pass an amended MMJ bill this week, but the state House leadership blocked a key vote on that chamber’s version of the bill.
The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, introduced by state Sen. Tom Davis and Rep. Peter McCoy last January, would set up a licensed and regulated medical marijuana program allowing qualifying patients to receive cannabis recommendations from accredited physicians. “Truly all I am trying to do is get medicine in the hands of people who need it,” Davis said of his legislation, the Independent Mail reports. “We cannot honestly and in good faith tell the people of South Carolina that we are addressing the opioid crisis if we are turning blinders to a much more benign alternative.”
The bill has faced strong opposition from local law enforcement, however. State Sen. Kevin Johnson argued that the bill would be abused