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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“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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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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What is “seed to sale tracking”?

“Seed to sale tracking” is an inventory control system that state regulators use in medical marijuana programs to track the cultivation, processing, and sales of medical cannabis to patients. As the name suggests, this type of system ensures that strict inventory control measures are in place from the moment a cannabis seed is planted through to the sale of cannabis produced from that plant.

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Compassionate Care Act (H3521) Heading to the House Floor

The House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs (3M) Committee overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana bill on Thursday in a vote of 14-3, sending it to the full House for consideration! The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, known as H 3521 in the House, would allow seriously ill patients to use marijuana to treat their conditions with a recommendation from their doctors.

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