South Carolina


"Currently, the state of South Carolina is still in the process of pending a legislative vote on the issue of medical marijuana. The state of South Carolina has outlined several key factors for the medical marijuana program that would take place within the state, but has not yet been officially enacted. An attempt to legalize medical marijuana in South Carolina failed in the South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 22nd despite South Carolina State law already allowing it. Representative Todd Rutherford, a Democrat out of Columbia, tried to amend a bill dealing with controlled substances to add marijuana to the list of drugs that doctors could recommend. Todd Rutherford said his plan was to license farmers in the state to grow marijuana and then sell it to patients, like other prescription drugs, eliminating that cost to the state. However, even though the bill failed, there was a bill that was passed in 1980 known as Section 44-53-650. Under South Carolina law, Section 44-53-650 is a bill that was passed which allows the director to obtain and distribute marijuana. The direction shall obtain marijuana through whatever means he deems most appropriate consistent with federal law. The director shall cause such analyzed marijuana to be transferred to various locations throughout the State that provide adequate security as set forth in federal and state regulations for the purpose of distributing such marijuana to the certified patient in such manner as is consistent with federal law. The patient shall not be required to pay for such marijuana but the director may charge for ancillary medical services provided by the department to compensate the department for the cost, if any, of securing such marijuana, and providing it to the patient. The term director refers to the director of the state Department of Health and Environmental Control. The D.H.E.C. has never obtained and distributed marijuana, though, for two reasons: Firstly, the clause in the state law that says consistent with federal law creates confusion. If federal law classifies marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance, which would make distribution of it a federal offense and that would be highly illegal. Therefore, it is already legal but that is a mere technicality and does not provide any exemption from criminal prosecution whatsoever."

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