South Carolina Senators Push Medical Marijuana Vote to Next Year, Take Cannabis Out of the Bill

COLUMBIA — A decision by a key Senate committee on whether to legalize marijuana for medical use in South Carolina will have to wait until next year.

The S.C. Senate’s Medical Affairs Committee, which was expected to vote Thursday on whether to advance the Compassionate Care Act, is considering a raft of late-breaking amendments, including dropping actual botanical marijuana from the bill. One amendment would only allow derivatives such as oils and creams.

The amendments are intended to further address the concerns of the bill’s opponents, such as the State Law Enforcement Division and the S.C. Medical Association, and help sway undecided senators.

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