South Carolina House bans medical marijuana again. What now? – Cannabis CEO

South Carolinians' hopes for medical cannabis legalization may have been dashed this year.

The S.C. House of Representatives is likely to adjourn May 9 without spending a single moment debating a decades-old proposal from Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, to legalize medical marijuana.

A House ad hoc committee tasked with reviewing the bill adjourned April 30 without voting on the bill.

Rep. Sylleste Davis, the Moncks Corner Republican and chairwoman of the committee, told reporters after the hearing that the group was unlikely to meet again in the remaining five business days until the end of the 2024 legislative session – a likely sign that the House will reconvene will refuse to act on the bill, even though it has been passed twice in a row by an often more advisory Senate in the last three years.

“We just don’t have a lot of time,” Davis told reporters. “But I think it was a worthwhile effort. It's certainly not a waste of time. We learned a lot today and got some good information. And we’ll just have to wait and see how this other thing plays out.”

The “other thing” Davis was referring to was the news that broke earlier in the day that the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration planned to reclassify marijuana from a dangerous Schedule I narcotic to the less severe Schedule III narcotic, a classification that Often reserved for prescription narcotics with low classifications, addictive potential exists.

[Read more at The Post and Courier]

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