Tom Davis is the republican senator who authored and introduced the medical cannabis oil legislation in the South Carolina. The bill, S 1035, which Governor Nikki Haley signed into law in June of this year, allows physicians to prescribe cannabidiol (CBD) oil to patients with epilepsy to treat symptoms and seizures. Now senator Davis, pictured below holding a sign stating what he was thankful for on the holiday last month, is looking to expand the medical marijuana law to include patients suffering from many other debilitating medical conditions.
The medical marijuana bill passed by the South Carolina general assembly in June also allowed the formation of a medical marijuana study committee with the purpose of learning more about the cannabis plant including how to cultivate it and how to use it for medicinal or therapeutic treatment purposes.
In the effort for education, the committee has held four hearings, so far, throughout the state where people come to share their personal experiences with the use of medical marijuana. From just four hearings, Davis reported that he was amazed at how much he has learned about how cannabis has helped to treat many different patients suffering from a variety of ailments, including post-traumatic-stress-disorder, autism, pain management, and glaucoma as well as epilepsy and other seizure disorders.
Science and humanity seem to be the inspiration for Davis. It is what he learned about the endocannabinoid receptor system in the human brain, and how it responds to the phytocannabinoids provided by using cannabis, combined with the first-hand human experience stories that have inspired him to push for the expansion of the medical marijuana program in the Palmetto State. He anticipates introducing the amendment when the legislature reconvenes in 2015.