“The Controlled Substances Therapeutic Research Act” – SC Medical Marijuana Law

Every few weeks we have an advocate who brings up the old medical marijuana law South Carolina passed in 1980 known as the “Controlled Substance Research Act.” So, we thought we would ask an attorney to break down this old legislation. This will help to clarify what this law really says and why it is not workable to help patients gain access to legal medical cannabis.

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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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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 Elections – Gubernatorial Candidates

The Primary elections in South Carolina are tomorrow and the polls are open beginning at 7am. This is an opportunity for medical cannabis advocates to vote for like-minded candidates seeking ballot spots for the November general election for state governor and members of the South Carolina House of Representatives. Since South Carolina does not have voter registration by party, when checking in, voters will be asked which primary they wish to vote in. If it’s the Democratic primary, one of two advisory questions on the ballot will ask if the voter supports a state law allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana. The Republican primary does not include any medical marijuana questions.

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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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