South Carolina’s conservative laws could soon become more liberal toward medical cannabis.
Republican Senator Tom Davis and Representative Jenny Horne plan to give patients access to marijuana by introducing legislation in the coming weeks, according to an AP report.
One bill would provide better access to extracts high in cannabidiol — or CBD — which is known to help control seizures in patients, among other uses. A separate bill would also expand the allowed medical uses for marijuana.
Last year, the legislature approved a bill also introduced by Davis and Horne that allowed patients to possess CBD oil, although it’s still illegal to make the oil in South Carolina. A third bill would create a licensing process for farmers to legally grow plants high in CBD with a minimal amount of THC.
Horne is pushing for medical marijuana rights after hearing the testimony of several cannabis patients, including a war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress.
“We owe it to the people who came to our committee to tell these painful stories. We’re concerned with law-abiding citizens who want to do it correctly without fear of violating the law and have real medical issues,” said Horne. “It’s incumbent upon us to not just say ‘no.’”