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.
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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)
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