A state lawmaker from Spartanburg is one of two who prefiled a bill to legalize and regulate medical marijuana in the Palmetto State.
With the new session just beginning, representatives hope to gain some traction.
As a lawmaker, Rosalyn Henderson-Myers filed the medical marijuana bill to help patients.
Henderson-Myers, an attorney, said she filed because she sees and knows how addictive opioids can become.
As a breast cancer survivor, she’s knows first hand how it can help with recovery.
More than three-dozen states passed laws legalizing marijuana in some form.
Democratic Rep. Rosalyn Henderson-Myers is one of two South Carolina lawmakers to sponsor a bill that would add South Carolina to the list.
Henderson-Myers’ bill would allow patients to possess and consume marijuana. It would also permit licensed shops to cultivate and dispense the plant and also requires dispensaries to contract with laboratories for testing.
“I feel like as a public official, as a law maker here, we need to be addressing it for our citizens here in South Carolina so they won’t have to go out of state,” Henderson-Myers said.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Henderson-Myers said she was prescribed Marinol, which is a legal synthetic form of THC.
Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti said after more than 18 years of research they’ve found that cannabinoids found in our bodies helps us sleep, maintain an appetite and fight infections.
“We produce small amounts of endocannabinoids and the marijuana plant has THC, which is identical to the cannabinoids that we produce in our system,” Nagarkatti said. “So the marijuana THC is nothing foreign. It is exactly what we produce in our own bodies.”
He said that’s why he believes in the medical use of marijuana.
And while Henderson-Myers sees the legal ramifications of opioids, she said some of those issues can hopefully be eliminated if her law is passed.