Report: Medical marijuana advances in SC Senate

A key Senate subcommittee has passed the Compassionate Care Act, which legalizes marijuana for medical purposes, according to a report from The State

The subcommittee, chaired by the bill’s author, State Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, voted 5-1 for the bill. The one dissenting vote was state Sen. Tom Corbin, R-Greenville.

The subcommittee added amendments to the bill that Sen. Tom Davis and other supporters hope will soften opposition from groups like the State Law Enforcement Division, the S.C. Sheriff's Association, the S.C. Medical Association and Attorney General Alan Wilson. 

According to The State, polling has consistently shown more than 70 percent of South Carolinians support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, but a majority also oppose recreational use. 

In 2018, the bill made it to the floor of both the S.C. House and Senate, but the session ended before the bill could be debated by either chamber as a whole. Click here for more