Charleston GOP to vote on medical marijuana resolution

Charleston GOP to vote on medical marijuana resolution
September 09 16:01 2018 Print This Article

The Executive Committee of the Charleston County Republican Party will vote Monday on a resolution endorsing the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, legislation, which would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for their patients. The meeting convenes at 7 pm at North Charleston City Hall. Executive committee members were elected during precinct meetings in March 2017. Each precinct receives one vote.

The bill stalled during the last session of the South Carolina General Assembly. It will be pre-filed in December by sponsors Representative Peter McCoy (R-James Island) and Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort). A 2016 poll by Winthrop University showed that 78% of South Carolina’s registered voters approve of the use of medical marijuana.

Part of the wording of the resolution reads, “There is a significant and growing amount of evidence that cannabis (marijuana) is beneficial to individuals suffering from many chronic and debilitating conditions, including, but not limited to, cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, Chron’s disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), intractable epilepsy, PTSD and terminal illness.”  The resolution also notes that the use of medical marijuana has been endorsed by the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and other medical groups and publications.

If the resolution passes, it will be distributed to all of the members of the Charleston County Legislative Delegation and forwarded to the South Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee, which has representatives from each county.