Pivotal SC Medical Marijuana Poll

New data has surfaced from the public opinion polling and political strategy firm located in Atlanta, the Trafalgar Group. According to the survey, only 18.8% are opposed to any form of legalization – medical or otherwise,  and 4% of those feel it is inevitable anyway. The most impactful takeaway is that likely South Carolina voters in 2020 are 51.1% “more likely” to support a legislator voted in favor of a bill to legalize medical marijuana. Of those, 31.5% said they would be “much more likely” to support their senator or house member. Alternately, only 18.4% said they would be “less likely” to support a lawmaker who votes for medical marijuana and only 12.1% said they would be “much less likely.”  

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1st Senate Medical Affairs Subcommittee Meeting on S366

The first senate subcommittee meeting discussing the Compassionate Care Act took place in Gressette Building, room 105 at 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Senator Davis, the subcommittee chairman, articulated in his introduction that he wanted: a tightly-defined medical cannabis bill that empowers physicians to allow patient use of cannabis for specific debilitating conditions when empirical evidence substantiates the benefits. He wants to ensure that the bill is clearly a medical bill in terms of substance as well as optics, and is not a precursor to adult use.

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World Health Organization Recommends International Reclassification of Marijuana

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) has formally recommended that cannabis and cannabis related substances be removed the schedule IV of controlled substance and lowered to Schedule I. After officially assessing all available evidence, they have issued their recommendations on the therapeutic value and potential harm related to cannabis and cannabis resin. This is groundbreaking and a rebuke to the original recommendation in 1961, classifying cannabis as a Schedule IV by the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. The Single Convention encourages governments across the globe to prohibit the production, distribution, and use of drugs in this Schedule, so this change in the WHO’s committee is significant.

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“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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Yesterday’s Big Win: Medical Cannabis

Yesterday was a big win for Medical Marijuana. Every ballot initiative that legalized Cannabis for medical purposes passed by a large margin. These initiatives where both in very conservative republican dominant states, (politically very similar to South Carolina). This gives us hope that when the general assembly goes back into session in January they will look to their counterparts and start to vote the will of the people.

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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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CSC Patient Advocate Margaret Rodriquez: Medical Marijuana’s Documented Benefits

As a cancer patient living in South Carolina, I was shocked and saddened by Laura Hudson’s fallaciously titled July 10 column, “Exposing the Lies About Marijuana Legalization.”  In an effort to maintain our state’s prohibition on marijuana for medical use, she attempts to convince readers that millions of South Carolinians are mistaken in their support of allowing legal access to medical marijuana.  More disturbingly, she accuses supporters like me of being liars or dupes. I simply cannot sit by and allow these claims to go unaddressed.

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