COLUMBIA, SC — Lawmakers in a subcommittee of the South Carolina House will hear testimony Wednesday on a bill that could bring a more comprehensive medical marijuana program to the state.
Testimony on House Bill 4037, the South Carolina Medical Marijuana Program Act, will be heard by the Health and Environmental Affairs subcommittee of the House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee. The bill is sponsored by Reps. Jenny Horne (R-Dorchester) and John King (D-York).
The hearing will take place on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm in room 427 of the Solomon Blatt Building, at the corner of Pendleton and Assembly Streets.
If passed, the South Carolina Medical Marijuana Program Act would allow patients suffering from several debilitating conditions to use and safely access medical marijuana if recommended by their doctors. This bill is more comprehensive than and addresses the many flaws of the legislation that was passed last year that allows access for high-CBD/low-THC based medical marijuana for children with epilepsy.
Currently, HB 4037 would allow patients suffering from the following ailments access to medical marijuana: cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscular dystrophy, severe fibromyalgia, arachnoiditis , tarlov cysts, hydromyelia, syringomyelia, rheumatoid arthritis, fibrous dysplasia, Arnold-chiari malformation and syringomyelia, spinocerebellar ataxia, Parkinson’s disease, Tourette syndrome, myoclonus, dystonia, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, complex regional pain syndromes type I and type II, causalgia, neurofibromatosis, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, autism spectrum disorder, interstitial cystitis, myasthenia graves, hydrocephalus, nail-patella syndrome, residual limb pain, seizures, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Crohn’s disease, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pancreatitis, spinal cord injury or disease, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post concussion syndrome, lateral sclerosis, or muscular dystrophy.
Additionally, if a physician determines that a patient has a medical condition that is not included in the quallifying conditions, the doctor would be allowed to make a written request to the South Carolina Department of Health to request the patient be granted a medical marijuana authorization.
Under the proposal, patients would be allowed to possess up to two one-ounce packages of marijuana in leaf form, one ounce of cannabis oil concentrate, or eight ounces of diluted cannabis oil.
The bill establishes a state regulated system of medical marijuana cultivation facilities, testing laboratories, and non-profit medical marijuana dispensaries.
The full text of HB 4037 can be found here.
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