South Carolina Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Medical Marijuana; Foundation to Nullify Federal Prohibition

COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 3, 2018) – Last week, a South Carolina Senate committee passed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state, setting the foundation to nullify unconstitutional federal cannabis prohibition in practice.

A coalition of four Democrats and two Republicans introduced Senate Bill 212 (S212) on Jan 10. The legislation would authorize the use of cannabis by patients suffering from an extensive list of “debilitating medical conditions.” The bill would also set up a regulatory scheme authorizing doctors to recommend medical marijuana,for issuing cards to qualified patients, for establishing dispensaries and for regulating marijuana cultivation in the state.

Last Thursday, the Senate Committee on Medical Affairs passed the bill out with a favorable report.

Despite the federal prohibition on marijuana, measures such as S212 remain perfectly constitutional, and the feds can do little if anything to stop them in practice.

LEGALITY

Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) passed in 1970, the federal government maintains complete prohibition of marijuana. Of course, the federal government lacks any constitutional authority to ban or regulate marijuana within the borders of a state, despite the opinion of the politically connected lawyers on the Supreme Court. If …

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(The opinions in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Southern Nation News or SN.O.)

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