Our nation’s medical marijuana laws started changing rapidly following the passage of Proposition 215 in California in 1996. Medicinal cannabis initiatives were then passed in Oregon and Washington State in 1998 and have spread across the nation. Now we have 28 states with some type of medical cannabis laws and 8 states with legal marijuana for adults, including our nation’s capital. However, marijuana law reform has lagged in the Deep South, mainly because citizens lack the power of the initiative process and marijuana reforms must be passed through state legislatures, a tough task even in the most cannabis-friendly locales.

With Arkansas and Florida both passing medical laws at the ballot box, it was proven that voters overwhelmingly support medical cannabis, all over the country. It is great to see progress anywhere in the South and today we got word that medical cannabis legislation has been introduced in the great state of South Carolina. Below is a press release sent out by SC Compassion, who are doing great work in the Palmetto State. Good luck to the advocates and patients of South Carolina!

South Carolina Lawmakers Introducing Comprehensive Medical Cannabis Legislation

Statements below from the lead Senate and House bill sponsors, Sen. Tom Davis and Rep. Peter McCoy, and SC Compassion President Jill Swing, whose 9-year-old daughter would benefit from medical cannabis

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A bipartisan group of state lawmakers are introducing comprehensive medical cannabis legislation Tuesday in both chambers of the South Carolina General Assembly. The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act will allow patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions to access medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it.

“This legislation will establish a comprehensive and tightly regulated medical cannabis program,” said Sen. Tom Davis, (R-Beaufort), the bill’s lead sponsor in the Senate. ”It will ensure seriously ill patients are

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