VIDEO: Medical Marijuana approved by South Carolina Senate Panel

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A bill that would make medical marijuana legal in South Carolina has been unanimously voted in favor by the Senate Medical Affairs subcommittee. The proposal would allow medical marijuana to be used for several different medical conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress and AIDS.

Mark Keel, Chief of S.C. Law Enforcement Division said, “the proposed “seed-to-sale” tracking program does not take into account what happens to marijuana once it is sold to a patient. In addition, availability drives marijuana use, he said. In states that have legalized medical marijuana, more adolescents use the drug than in.” Senators did not seem to be very impressed with that statement.

State Sen. Brad Hutto, D-Orangeburg, a co-sponsor of the bill, said the only thing currently limiting how much marijuana high school students can by is their pocketbook. Senator Tom Davis said, “Any system that we come up with is going to be abused.”

There will be another meeting for Senators on the proposal to hear testimonies. The David-Hutto proposal will then be taken to full Senate Medical Affairs Committee early 2016. If the proposal passes there, it will be sent to the full Senate. The bill would have to pass the Senate, and then, the S.C. house before becoming a law.

For Dixie Pace and her family, cannabidiol is the medicine they rely on to stop Dixie’s seizures and live a better life. Dixie made a poster board supporting her medicine with the Dr. Suess quote, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” South Carolina would become the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana if the bill reaches a law.

Dixie Pace, 18, has benefited from cannabidiol oil, which has reduced the amount of seizures she has and the amount of medications she takes. Pace and her mother April Pace were at a State House rally to legalize medical marijuana on Wednesday May 20.

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