South Carolina State Representative Todd Rutherford attempted this afternoon to add an amendment into a controlled substances bill which would have legalized medical cannabis in the state. The amendment would have authorized the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to license farmers to cultivate cannabis, which would be distributed to patients who receive a recommendation from their physician.
Unfortunately, the amendment was removed, with those opposed arguing not against its merit, but that it was irrelevant to the bill.
Representative Rutherford has stated that he’ll continue to work towards legalizing medical marijuana in the state, and will likely file legislation in the near future.
“Its time for legalization has come and gone”, stated Rutherford, “South Carolina just needs to get on board.”