The S.C. Compassionate Care Act (S. 150) would create a well-regulated medical cannabis program to allow seriously ill individuals to use medical cannabis when recommended by their physicians and dispensed by a therapeutic cannabis pharmacy. Thirty-seven states — including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi — give their residents this medical freedom. The South Carolina Senate passed S. 150, 28-15. On April 7, the House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee advanced the bill to the floor in a bipartisan 15-3 vote.
Qualifying for the Program. To qualify, patients must have a qualifying medical condition and a written certification issued by a physician with whom they have a bona fide relationship. Patients must apply to the health department (DHEC) for a registration card, which includes their photo.
Limitations and Prohibitions
Therapeutic Cannabis Pharmacies
Medical Cannabis Business Licensing and Regulation
Protecting Children from Exposure
Taxation, Fees, and Revenue Distribution
Research and Reporting