A bill that would have allowed for the use of medical cannabis for patients suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain and several other debilitating conditions has been rejected in a vote of 7-4 in the South Carolina state senate.
Additionally, The South Carolina Medical Marijuana Program Act, S 672, would have created a state regulated system of medical cannabis cultivators, dispensaries, and testing labs. A summary of the failed bill can be read here.
Senator Tom Davis, the bill’s lead sponsor told the Senate Medical Affairs Committee that medical cannabis “is something that is providing real relief to people who are suffering.”
Unfortunately republican Senators Kevin Johnson and Mile Fair said the bill could do more harm than good.
For many South Carolinians news of the bill’s rejection was terrible news.
“Every second of every day my brain tells me to kill myself. I have 5 suicide attempts.”
said Jonathan Lubecky, a Marine Corps and Army veteran who served in Iraq living in South Carolina.
“She needs the whole plant, and we need the availability to try different strains of it, and it’s just like regular medicines–different strains help different conditions and people respond different ways.”
stated April Pace, speaking of her daughter Dixie.