Advocates for medical marijuana gather at South Carolina state house

Advocates for medical marijuana gather at South Carolina state house

COLUMBIA, SC (WTOC) -Weeks after South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson called marijuana the most dangerous drug in America, advocates for medical marijuana were at the South Carolina state house again on Tuesday.

They were fighting the claim this would create the path to recreational use in the state.

The Compassionate Care Act would allow medical cannibis use for people with these debilitating diseases

  • Cancer
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Severe nausea in a person in hospice care
  • PTSD

Senator Tom Davis from Beaufort County says since the attorney general’s press conference, he has met with law enforcement and others in the medical field to talk about what changes could be made to the bill to get their approval.

Those advocating for the two bills this morning showcased evidence showing marijuana as medicine.

“I don’t think it’s appropriate for healthy individuals to tell those patients,” said Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti, Vice President for Research at the University of South Carolina. “No, you can’t have medical marijuana. Because if you start using that, we may start abusing it.”

The South Carolina Medical Association and S.L.E.D. say they are opposed to the bill since marijuana has not been approved by the FDA.

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