South Carolina medical cannabis bill scheduled in committee; help get it moving
Last update: March 12, 2021
“The medicine that saves my life every day is illegal in South Carolina. I am asking my fellow South Carolinians, please support your veterans by asking your legislators to support compassionate legislation to bring this relief to everyone who needs it.”
— J., a female South Carolina veteran with PTSD and a severely painful kidney condition that medical cannabis has dramatically helped
South Carolina is one of only 14 states that does not allow the medical use of cannabis. Veterans, medical professionals, and other patients and loved ones are pleading with South Carolina lawmakers to put an end to this injustice and pass the S.C. Compassionate Care Act (S. 150 and H. 3361), sponsored by Sen. Tom Davis (R) and Rep. Bill Herbkersman (R).
The Senate Medical Affairs Committee is scheduled to discuss S. 150 on Thursday, March 18. H. 3361 has not yet been scheduled in the House, and a crossover deadline is approaching on April 10.
To go the extra mile, please follow up with a call to your state senator and state representative and urge others in your network to speak out. Check out and share this video about veterans’ need for medical cannabis, along with our action links.
On November 3, 2020, a supermajority of Mississippi voters approved a broad citizens’ initiative to allow medical cannabis. Mississippi joins 35 other states, including including Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Virginia. While polls show even stronger popular support for medical cannabis in South Carolina, the Palmetto State doesn’t have a citizen initiative process, and the state legislature has failed to act on this popular issue.
Please also let us know if you are a patient who could benefit from medical cannabis, or a supportive medical professional, clergy member, veteran, or current or former member of law enforcement.
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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