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Bill Will Allow Doctors To Prescribe Medical Marijuana To Some Patients

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SC Sen. Tom Davis, (R) Beaufort, introduced a bill Wednesday to allow South Carolina doctors to prescribe Cannabidiol (CBD) oil.

That oil is used primarily to help patients who suffer from a severe form of epilepsy.

The medication is not legal under SC law. But proponents say since it does not contain the chemicals which would help a patient get high or stoned, it makes no sense to ban it.

Six other Republican Senators signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.

“I just don't think that the state should stand in the way of that,” said Sen. Lee Bright (R) Spartanburg, “We should support any kind of advances in care for folks."

In a news release, Davis said that he got the idea from a constituent who has a granddaughter, Mary Louise Swing, who suffers from seizures.

Doctors at a Charleston hospital told the Swing family that the cannabis oil might help if legalized.

"I want to legally empower MUSC and its epileptologists to prescribe CBD oil to those with intractable epilepsy like Mary Louise," Davis said in a news release.

Jill Swing, Mary Louise's mother, said getting access to the oil would be life-altering.

"If she's not having seizures every few minutes she would be able to walk around our house freely, but right now we can't let her walk and she requires constant care," Swing told 7 On Your Side.

While is stories of patients that is leading the charge, political experts say it is also the belief of Tea Party members.

“The focus of the tea party is government shouldn't be restricting anything,” according Joe Dunn, chairman of the Department of History and Politics at Converse College. “This particular issue is nothing but a reprise of the politics of the 60s."

The bill has been referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

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