SOUTH CAROLINA (FOX 46 WJZY) - Medical marijuana could be legalized in South Carolina by 2019, according to local advocates.
"This is the closest that they've ever been," lobbyist David Newsom said.
The Compassionate Care Act, a medical cannabis bill, made it to the SC state house and senate floors in 2018. The legislative session ended before it was voted on, but advocates told FOX 46 Charlotte that by their count, they should have the number of votes from politicians needed to pass legislation when the next session begins in 2019.
"This does appear to be a clear path to have this bill passed next year," Newsom said.
"People understand that it is inhumane to withhold from people medicine that can really help them," state senator, and founder of the Compassionate Care Act, Tom Davis said.
The former Executive Director of the South Carolina Sheriff's Association has even changed his attitude about the medical benefits marijuana can provide to some.
Advocates pointed to local law enforcement agencies for lobbying against medical marijuana. FOX 46 Charlotte reached out to S.L.E.D. and the South Carolina Sheriff's Association for comment. Both got back to us but both declined to interview.
A Winthrop poll shows 78 percent of South Carolinians support legalization of medical marijuana.