South Carolina Medical Marijuana Bill News

South Carolina lawmakers pre-filed four marijuana-related bills on Tuesday, including two that would establish comprehensive medical cannabis programs in the state.

Currently, there are only legal protections for a small class of South Carolina patients to use cannabidiol, or CBD. But the new legislation that’s being introduced for 2019 by Reps. Rosalyn Henderson-Myers (D) and J. Todd Rutherford (D) would allow a wider range of patients to possess and consume marijuana and permit licensed shops to cultivate and dispense the plant.

Henderson-Myers’s bill would also require dispensaries to “contract with laboratories for testing of marijuana.”

Separately, a pre-filed bill from Rep. Ivory Thigpen (D) would amend state law to decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of cannabis or 10 grams of hashish. Instead of a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $200 fine, possession of that amount would be a civil infraction.