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Medical marijuana bill advances in S.C. House

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COLUMBIA – The Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs (3M) Committee has approved a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe patients medical cannabis.

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H. 3521, the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, was passed out of committee this morning and now advances to the full South Carolina House of Representatives.

Rep. Leon Howard (D-Columbia), the chair of the 3M Committee, said “I believe we did the right thing by approving this bill. Our intent is to help the thousands of patients who can benefit from this medical treatment, including retired military personnel and children who suffer from debilitating illnesses.”

Howard cautioned that there are hurdles for H. 3521 to overcome before it becomes law. “I want supporters of the bill to understand that it is highly unlikely that this bill or any other medical cannabis bill becomes law during this legislative session. That makes it all the more important to contact your elected officials and urging them to support this bill.”

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