SC lawmakers hear from both sides on medical marijuana

April 11, 2019 - 1:15 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina lawmakers are hearing from both supporters and opponents of the medicinal use of marijuana.

The Senate Medical Affairs planned two hearings Thursday to fit in all the speakers on the issue.

The bill, called the Compassionate Care Act, would allow patients with terminal, debilitating medical conditions to purchase up to 2 ounces (57 grams) of marijuana or its equivalent every two weeks if authorized by their physician.

Senate committees typically don't hear public testimony, but bill author Republican Sen. Tom Davis of Beaufort said it was a good idea for the full Medical Affairs Committee to hear directly from the people.

The bill has little chance of passing this session after missing a key legislative deadline of passing through at least one chamber this week.

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