The push for medical marijuana continues at the South Carolina State House

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A busy day at the State House Tuesday morning as several bills and proposals came up for discussion. 
For starters conversations on medical marijuana kicked off on the first floor.

Lawmakers, medical professionals and patients expressed their support for a BILL that would legalize marijuana for strict medical purposes.

Called the Compassionate Care Act, the bill would allow patients with debilitating diseases like cancer have access to the drug.

Senator Tom Davis from Beaufort has been proposing the bill and showing support for the meausre for several years. 

Davis says the matter should be left to the doctors. 

“It boils down to this do you want doctors and medical professionals deciding what’s best for patient care or do you want politicians and law enforcement doing that,” said Davis. 

Patients who need substances like marijuana for their conditions shared their stories with the crowd including, a veteran who talked about marijuana replacing currently prescribed opioids.

Steven Diaz, a veteran advocate, discussed the impact opioids have on the military community. 

“Sometimes use those medications as a way to take their life and I’m tired of hearing those stories. I’m tired of it. I’m tired of laying my friends to rest because they didn’t have the option to help them.”

Senator Davis says the bill is strict on who can prescribe it and who qualifies for medical marijuana.

The bill is now being discussed by a senate medical committee.
 

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