Two South Carolina bills planned for introduction in 2017 would legalize medical cannabis for qualifying patients in the state, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same. South Carolina is one of the many Southern states that allow the use of cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, for specific medical conditions. However, the Palmetto state has fallen short in passing a full-plant system, but this year activists are optimistic about the state finally passing legislation allowing real medical cannabis.

Pre-filed legislation by Rep. Todd Rutherford (D-Columbia), House Bill 3128 (H.3128) called the “Put Patients First Act,” would allow qualifying medical patients the ability to possess “up to two ounces of a usable form of marijuana” as well as grow rights of “up to six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are producing a usable form of marijuana” without being persecuted by state-level officials. The bill would also put penalties on people who try to obtain the marijuana through fraud. H.3128 and H.3162 will need to be formally introduced and pass their committee assignments before the bills can be considered by the full House.

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