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South Carolina To Hold Citizen Lobby Day In Support Of Medical Cannabis Legislation

Patients and advocates from across the state will urge their elected officials to support the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, which would allow patients with debilitating conditions to access medical cannabis if their doctors recommend it

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.  Compassionate South Carolina (CSC) will hold a brief educational session for citizen lobbyists at 9 a.m. at the Music Farm (1022 Senate Street), followed by a news conference on the main steps of the State House at 10:45 a.m. The advocates will then begin meeting with legislators to urge them to support the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act.

Full details of the event are available at https://compassionatesc.com/event/compassionate-south-carolina-lobby-day/.

The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, 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; educational session at 9 a.m. ET; press conference at 10:45 a.m. ET

WHERE: Educational session at the Music Farm, 1022 Senate Street, Columbia; news conference on the front steps of the South Carolina State House (facing Main Street), 1100 Gervais Street, Columbia

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

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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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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