A bill to legalize marijuana for seriously ill patients in the state of South Carolina has made it out of committee this week and will be soon in front of the full Senate for consideration.

The bill, called S 212, could make legal medical marijuana a reality for South Carolina residents by granting qualifying patients access to medical cannabis with a physician’s recommendation.

It was on Thursday that the Senate Medical Affairs Committee voted to approve S 212.

The bill comes with restrictions however and would make the state one of the most regulated medical cannabis states in the nation.

There are many advocating the bill including Jeff Moore, former executive director of the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association. He remarked, “It is presumptuous, irresponsible, and arrogant for law enforcement officials to take it upon themselves to determine what medical resources should be available for the citizens of South Carolina who are suffering and in need of relief.”

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