As of late, medical marijuana has been a hot topic in the state of South Carolina. And yesterday, the South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee met for the first time to discuss new legislation.
They met to review a new bill introduced by Senator Tom Davis, who is also the chairman of the subcommittee, which would make cannabis legal for people with terminal, debilitating medical conditions that could be treated with opiods. The new bill would allow patients to purchase two ounces of marijuana every two weeks if prescribed by a doctor.
This meeting was the first obstacle it has to overcome as it tries to make its way to the Senate floor.
As reported by The Post and Courier, lawmakers reviewed the legislation and have decided to hold the bill in committee while they wait to hear testimony from others. Lawmakers hope to hear from supporters of the bill, the medical community, and law enforcement officials who are hesitant of the bill.
Davis plans to implement suggestions made by stakeholders to the bill before moving forward. One of those suggestions is that smoking cannabis would not be covered under the bill. He also urged others on the subcommittee to investigate other medical conditions which might be covered and include a sales tax.
To read more about the meeting and what law enforcement officials have to say, visit The Post and Courier.