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A medical marijuana bill has sparked mixed reactions in South Carolina

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South Carolina (Queen City News) – South Carolina is one of 14 states that do not allow the use of medical marijuana.

Senate Act 150 aims to change that, but York County Mayor Kevin Tolson expresses his opposition to the legislation. Hold a law enforcement forum to discuss the bill.

“If you’re going to call it a drug, let’s treat it like a drug,” said Mark Keel, president of SLED.

“There is concern among some leaders that this is not really about medical marijuana, the end game is recreational marijuana,” Tolson added.

The bill, introduced by Republican Senator Tom Davis, states that eligible patients include those in chronic pain, people with post-traumatic stress disorder and other debilitating medical conditions.

Senator Tom Davis said: “It provides physicians with this authority, it determines which patients can qualify to receive this drug if physicians believe it is in the best interest, and then it draws a bright line against any recreational use.”

Some law enforcement officials, such as SLED chief Mark Keel, might say the devil is in the details.

“There are no limits to the efficacy of THC that are in Senate Bill 150,” Keel said at the forum.

However, there are requirements for percentage display of THC.

Davis said, “To emphasize that you don’t know what you’re getting if you allow cannabis use, you need to read my bill, because what my bill says is an independent lab should analyze cannabis and then name it in terms of the THC it contains? What percentage? For which CBD does it have?”

The bill will have a direct impact on Judy Locke’s business. They own Pure Remedy CBD in Fort Mill, and will gladly offer medical marijuana to their customers, if legally permitted.

She said, “There’s a lot of opioid abuse in this country, and people are dying from it, but they’re not going to die from using a marijuana product or a cannabis product that’s higher in THC.”

Luke’s business has been profitable since I started it three years ago. She argues that more regulation of medical marijuana distribution would reduce illegal recreational activity.

“I think having educated stores that can help people guide them properly about dosing and exact doses, that will be key to the success of that,” she said.

The bill is due to be debated in the Senate next week. Senator Davis thinks there will be a week or so of discussion before he heads out to vote.

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