Patients And Advocates From Across South Carolina To Gather At State House

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The news conference, which was originally scheduled for 10:45 a.m. ET on the front steps of the State House, will actually be held at 11 a.m. ET near the African-American History Monument on the east side of the State House; patients and advocates will then visit with legislators and urge them to support the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, which would allow patients with debilitating conditions to access medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it

*Contact Judy Ghanem for alternate location nearby in case of rain*

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Patients and advocates from across South Carolina will gather at the State House on Tuesday for a citizen lobby day in support of medical cannabis legislation. At 11 a.m. ET, several lawmakers will join them for a news conference near the African-American History Monument on the east side of the State House. The patients and advocates will then visit with legislators to urge them to support the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act.

The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act (S. 212 and H. 3521), introduced by Sen. Tom Davis and Rep. Peter McCoy, would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to access medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it. The Department of Health and Environmental Control would regulate and license medical cannabis cultivation centers, processing facilities, dispensaries, and independent testing laboratories. The department would also issue registration cards to qualifying patients and their caregivers.

“Our lawmakers need to hear about this bill from their constituents, especially those with family members and friends who would benefit from it,” said CSC Director of Governmental Affairs David Newsom, who is the father of a seven-year-old with a rare seizure disorder. “Medical cannabis has been shown to be an effective treatment for a number of conditions. Seriously ill South Carolinians and their families should not have to suffer while people throughout the country have access to this medicine.”

WHAT: Citizen lobby day and news conference in support of the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act

WHEN: Tuesday, April 25; news conference at 11 a.m. ET

WHERE: Near the African-American History Monument on the east side of the South Carolina State House, 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia (IN CASE OF RAIN – please call Judy Ghanem at 480-766-9729 for alternate location nearby)

WHO: Sen. Margie Bright Matthews

Sen. Marlon Kimpson

Rep. Eric Bedingfield

Rep. Beth Bernstein

Rep. Wendell Gilliard

Rep. Cezar McKnight

Rep. J. Todd Rutherford

Rep. James Smith

Judy Ghanem, Murrells Inlet-based mother of an 11-year-old with tethered cord syndrome, autism, and a rare chromosome disorder

Dr. William Griffith, Anderson-based physician and rheumatoid arthritis patient

David Newsom, director of governmental affairs for Compassionate South Carolina and Myrtle Beach-based father of a seven-year-old with a rare seizure disorder

Additional patients and advocates from across South Carolina

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Compassionate South Carolina is a statewide coalition of patients, families, and advocates working to establish a comprehensive medical cannabis program in South Carolina. For more information, visit https://www.CompassionateSC.com.

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