State senators voted 7-4 Thursday against a bill that would have allowed medical marijuana in South Carolina.
The bill would have allowed patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions, like cancer, glaucoma, and chronic pain, to get a doctor’s prescription for the drug.
Sen. Tom Davis, the main sponsor of the bill who’s been working on it for two years, says 35 other states have some form of medical marijuana. “This is something that is providing real relief to people who are suffering,” he told the Senate Medical Affairs Committee, of which he is a member.
But other members of the committee weren’t swayed. Sen. Kevin Johnson, D-Manning, said, “Back in my district, every single medical professional that contacted me about this bill is against it. And they explained to me why and they made some very valid points. And then all my law enforcement people in my district are against this bill.” [Read more at WLTX.com]