South Carolina Lawmakers To Introduce Medical Cannabis Legislation Tuesday

January 9, 2017

[Press release] COLUMBIA, S.C. — A bipartisan group of state lawmakers will introduce comprehensive medical cannabis legislation Tuesday, Jan. 10, in the South Carolina General Assembly. At 10:30 a.m., several of the legislators will join patients and advocates in the First Floor Lobby of the State House for a news conference to discuss the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, which will allow patients suffering from debilitating medical conditions to access medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it.

Lawmakers scheduled to speak at the event include a lead sponsor of the legislation, Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort); House Minority Leader J. Todd Rutherford (D-Richland); Rep. Eric Bedingfield (R-Greenville); and Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-Lancaster).

Patients and family members of patients who would benefit from legal access to medical cannabis will discuss the urgent need for the legislation. Among them will be SC Compassion spokesperson Jill Swing of Charleston, whose 9-year-old daughter has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and Bill Davis of Townville, an ordained minister with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

WHAT: News conference to discuss the introduction of comprehensive medical cannabis legislation in the South Carolina General Assembly

WHEN: Tuesday, January 10, 10:30 a.m. ET

WHERE: First Floor Lobby of the South Carolina State House, 1100 Gervais St., Columbia

WHO: -Sen. Tom Davis, Lead Senate bill sponsor

   -Rep. J. Todd Rutherford, House Minority Leader

   -Rep. Eric Bedingfield

   -Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell

   -Jill Swing, SC Compassion spokesperson and mother of a 9-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy and epilepsy

   -Bill Davis, ordained minister with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

   -Additional lawmakers, patients, family members, and advocates