“Divorced from Reality” – Fighting Against Medical Marijuana in South Carolina

“Divorced from Reality” was the expression used by Senator Tom Davis, a Beaufort Republican and sponsor of S366. He was describing today’s press conference orchestrated by SC Attorney Gen. Wilson, South Carolina Medical Association, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association. Indeed, the rhetoric was surreal.

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Filed Today: 2019 Compassionate Care Act

South Carolina State Sen. Tom Davis and Rep. Peter McCoy on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, filied a bill titled the “South Carolina Compassionate Care Act,” in order to legalize in South Carolina the use of cannabis by patients. It would allow patients with certain specific medical conditions, subject to a physician’s authorization and supervision, and to legalize in this state, subject to regulation and oversight by DHEC and SLED, the cultivation, processing and dispensing of cannabis for such medical use. They have released the following statement:

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MUSC’s Inaugural Medical Cannabis Conference by Katherine C. Mangus Lohr

 On September 28, 2018, I attended the Inaugural Update on Medical Cannabis at MUSC.  I gained an understanding of the current scientific and anecdotal data related to medicinal cannabis.  I also learned that South Carolina has a unique opportunity to further science, assert its state rights, pass conservative medical cannabis legislation, create a niche economy, and most importantly, help citizens who are suffering and unable to obtain relief from conventional pharmaceuticals.   

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Scholarship Winners Announced!

CSC is very proud to announce we are participating in the Inaugural Update on Medical Cannabis: The Sciences of Cannabis and its Changing Role in Medicine, presented by the Drug Discovery – Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The CME and CEU-accredited conference will be held on Friday, September 28th at MUSC in Charleston and is breaking new ground and building hope for patients throughout South Carolina.  CSC Directors of Outreach, as well as patient advocates and professionals, will gain insight and network with medical, research and legal experts on medical cannabis through our scholarship program. They will explore the most current evidence-based science as it translates to clinical and legal practice, as well as gain a comprehensive understanding of the risks and benefits of cannabinoids.

We would like to congratulate our scholarship winners who will attend the conference through Compassionate SC, our non-profit patient advocacy organization. These individual winners from around the state and with various backgrounds are given the opportunity to spread awareness throughout the community with the tools they will receive. In turn, South Carolina patients will access knowledge they can use to empower themselves to advocate for their personal rights as patients and caregivers, as well as the  right to have medical options that may be less harmful and more effective than others, such as pharmaceutical medications.

Please join us in congratulating our scholarship winners!

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Your Vote Counts Tomorrow

The Republican Primary Election is tomorrow, Tuesday June 26th, and this is another chance to support those who support medical cannabis in South Carolina. Residents are eligible to vote if they are registered and did NOT vote using the Democratic ballot in the June 12th Primary Election. To see if you are registered to vote, click here. Specific instructions on the June 26 Runoff are available here. Be sure to get out and vote tomorrow!

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SC Primary Election Information – June 12th

The South Carolina Primary Election will take place on Tuesday, June 12. Before going to the polls, it’s important to learn where candidates in contested primary races stand on marijuana policy. Marijuana Policy Project sent out a questionnaire after collaborating with CSC.health. They asked each candidate where he or she stood on the issue, and the responses are below. The question each candidate answered was:

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