The subcommittee was scheduled to hold a hearing and accept public testimony on S. 212, but on Wednesday it changed the format to an organizational meeting at which no public testimony will be allowed
Members of the Senate Medical Affairs Committee will meet to consider comprehensive medical cannabis legislation on Thursday, February 16, at 9:30 a.m. ET in Room 308 of the Gressette State Office Building. The subcommittee was scheduled to hold a hearing and accept public testimony on S. 212, but on Wednesday it changed the format to an organizational meeting at which no public testimony will be allowed.S. 212, The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, sponsored by Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort), would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to access medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it.
“This legislation will establish a comprehensive and tightly regulated medical cannabis program,” said Sen. Davis. “It will ensure seriously ill patients are able to access this medicine safely and legally if their doctors believe it will help them. South Carolinians suffering from debilitating conditions deserve the same chance at relief as the roughly 200 million Americans living in states that have adopted similar laws.”
“This legislation is about helping people who are in need, who are suffering, and who are in pain,” said Rep. Peter McCoy (R-Charleston), the bill’s lead sponsor in the House. “There are so many circumstances in which medical marijuana can provide substantial help to families and friends in South Carolina. I’m hopeful that with the filing of this bill we can raise awareness and move the ball forward when it comes to treating South Carolina citizens with epilepsy, PTSD, cancer, and many other debilitating conditions.”Compassionate South Carolina, a statewide coalition of patients, families, and advocates working to establish a comprehensive medical cannabis program in South Carolina, will hold a media availability outside of the Gressette State Office Building immediately after the meeting adjourns. Patients and advocates who traveled to Columbia to testify at the originally scheduled hearing will be available to comment on the outcome of the meeting.
WHAT: Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee meeting regarding comprehensive medical cannabis legislation
WHEN: Thursday, February 16, subcommittee meeting at 9:30 a.m. ET, media availability immediately following the meeting
WHERE: L. Marion Gressette State Office Building, Room 308, 1101 Pendleton St., Columbia
WHO: Brant Reese of Bethune, former Darlington County sheriff’s deputy with epilepsy and chronic pain
Judy Ghanam of Murrells Inlet, mother of an 11-year-old with a chromosome disorder
David Newsom of Myrtle Beach, director of governmental affairs for Compassionate South Carolina and father of a 7-year-old with a rare seizure disorder
Becky Dansky, legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project
Additional patients and advocates