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Tuesday, the Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Treatment Research Act, passed the House and returned to the Senate for final approval. That's one step closer to becoming a legal study using derivatives of marijuana.
Meanwhile, a similar bill is reported as "favorable" by the Senate.
Last Wednesday, the South Carolina House of Representatives voted on both bills, which would set our state on a path to legalize both clinical trials of CBD oil extracts and industrial hemp.
The CBD oil bill would allow people suffering from severe epilepsy to legally use the oil, derived from marijuana.
In February, News 2 spoke with a family who left the Palmetto State to seek that oil treatment in Colorado where it is legal.
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Meanwhile, H. 4879, the Put Patients First Act, did not pass and will not be up again until next session. That bill would allow people to register with the state and use medical marijuana. It would allow people to use the drug if they have things like cancer, glaucoma, HIV and AIDS, and epilepsy.
Doctors and patients declined speaking with News 2 on Tuesday regarding the pros and cons of medical marijuana. One practice said, "will need to pass on this opportunity due to the controversial nature of this segment."
On the Democratic state primary ballot June 10th, "Question 3" will ask voters, "Shall medical marijuana be legalized for use in cases of severe, chronic illnesses when documented by a physician?"
Proponents hope that a high "yes" turn out may signal to legislators that this proposal is urgent.
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