Coronavirus may slow progress on medical cannabis in South Carolina

 

Last update: March 30, 2020

 

On January 14, 2020, the South Carolina Legislature returned for the second year of its two-year legislative session. In the next two months, the House 3M subcommittee held two hearings on H. 3660 and scheduled another committee meeting on the bill on March 25. Meanwhile, the Senate Medical Affairs Committee scheduled a March 19 hearing on S. 366.

Unfortunately, both hearings were cancelled as the legislature began to furlough to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. It remains to be seen if any legislation other than COVID-related issues will be taken up this year. Medical cannabis efforts may need to shift to focus on passing in 2021.

If you are a resident of South Carolina, make sure your lawmakers know of your continued support. Please also let us know if you are a patient who could benefit from medical cannabis, or a supportive medical professional, clergy member, or current or former member of law enforcement.

And make sure you’re signed up for MPP’s free email alerts. We plan to send a voter guide in advance of the June state primary so that voters know which candidates committed to standing up for patients who could benefit from medical cannabis.

Finally, check out our allies’ efforts with Compassionate South Carolina.

South Carolina medical professionals, patients, and veterans gathered in the Capitol rotunda on January 22, 2020 for a press conference to call on the legislature to adopt a compassionate medical cannabis program. Margaret Richardson, pictured above in red, suffers from trigeminal neuralgia.
(Source: WCBDNews 2)


Take action!

 

Speak out: If you live in South Carolina, please email your lawmakers in support of compassionate comprehensive medical marijuana legislation

Contact us: If you are interested in getting more involved and are a person with a serious illness, doctor, nurse, clergy member, Ph.D., lawyer, or other influential member of your community, please email state@mpp.org and be sure to include your address or zip code.

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