skip to Main Content
South Carolina Medical Marijuana Legislation Amended and Approved by Senate Subcommittee


Bill will now go to the full committee after vocal support from patients around the state for legislation to move forward

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee amended and approved a medical marijuana bill on Wednesday, sending it to the full Senate Medical Affairs Committee for consideration. The vote followed a gathering of patients and advocates from around South Carolina at the State House on Tuesday urging lawmakers to allow similar legislation to move forward. The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, known as S 212 in the Senate, would allow seriously ill patients to have access to a regulated medical marijuana system, as they do in 29 other states and the District of Columbia.

“The subcommittee’s vote has given thousands of patients and their families hope that the legislature has not forgotten them, and that relief may be in sight,” said Janel Ralph, executive director of Compassionate South Carolina, whose eight-year-old daughter has a rare seizure disorder.

Advancement of the bill is welcome news to patients in South Carolina, who have supported the measure since it was introduced in January 2017. The subcommittee made a number of changes, including a clear ban on smoking medical cannabis and more specific requirements for physicians, along with greater involvement of law enforcement in oversight of those licensed to conduct business in the program. Under the amended bill, South Carolina would have one of the most carefully regulated programs in the country.

Today’s developments were welcome news for many, including Jeff Moore, former executive director of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association. “After returning home from war traumatized, my son found that only medical cannabis helped him regain the life taken from him by these horrifying experiences,” said Moore, whose adult son treats PTSD legally with medical cannabis in Michigan. “We are all grateful for the work of this committee, and I hope this bill will help bring patients like my son back home,” Moore continued.

The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, introduced last year by Sen. Tom Davis and Rep. Peter McCoy, would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to access medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it. The Department of Health and Environmental Control would regulate and license medical cannabis cultivation centers, processing facilities, dispensaries, and independent testing laboratories. The department would also issue registration cards to qualifying patients and their caregivers.

Despite the progress made by the legislation in the Senate, advocates are concerned the bill will not move far enough through the legislature to get a floor vote in both chambers before the session ends. With a crossover deadline fast approaching, the House version of the bill, H 3521, did not get the hearing many patients hoped for in the House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee yesterday.

According to an October 2016 Winthrop Poll, 78% of South Carolina residents approve of making cannabis legal for medical purposes.

# # #
Compassionate South Carolina is a statewide coalition of patients, families, and advocates working to establish a comprehensive medical cannabis program in South Carolina. For more information, visit

Judy Ghanem
480-766-9729, [email protected]


This Post Has 0 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recent Stories

Marijuana labeling system “not an effective or safe way” to detail what’s inside the products, CU study finds

Researchers analyzed labels on 90,000 cannabis products and found them unreliable in describing chemical compounds consumers inhale Marijuana product labels fail to capture “the chemical reality” of what people smoke, a University of Colorado study has concluded after analyzing 90,000 samples offered for sale in six states. The widely used labeling system purported to predict…

Congress might have inadvertently legalized a form of cannabis under Trump

Although marijuana remains strictly forbidden by federal law, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Congress quietly amended the statute in 2018 to legalize cannabis cigarettes and vaping products that have similar intoxicants but are made from hemp. The 2018 Farm Bill, signed by President Donald Trump, included provisions removing most legal restrictions on hemp,…

Marijuana regulation bill fails in Delaware House

A bill establishing a structure for regulating the production and sale of marijuana failed in the State House Thursday. State Rep. Edward Osienski’s (D-Newark) bill would have imposed a 15% tax on marijuana sales and created a limited number of licenses for sale, cultivation and testing. Osienski underscored he also sought to address the disproportionate…

Oklahoma House votes to raise costs of commercial medical marijuana licenses

The Oklahoma House of Representatives moved closer to its goal of comprehensive medical marijuana reform on Thursday with the passage of six additional bills, including a substantial hike in the cost of most commercial licenses. House Bill 2179, by Rep. Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee, would create a tiered commercial grower fee structure based on size and…

More Categories

Back To Top
×Close search