The Status of Cannabis Legalization in SC
In recent South Carolina cannabis news, Senate Bill 423 did not move forward from its chamber of origin by the crossover deadline. Senate Bill 423, otherwise known as the Compassionate Care Act, would allow qualified patients to purchase medical cannabis products in the Palmetto State.
South Carolina has a limited medical cannabis program, only permitting patients to have low-level THC oil to relieve major epileptic disorders, including Lennox-Gastaut or Dravet syndrome, or any other condition a state-certified doctor deems unresponsive to conventional medication.
The program is so limited that Americans for Safe Access (AS) gives the Palmetto State an F overall. Along with patient rights and civil protections, access to medicine and functionality all fail for the statewide program adopted in 2014, known as Julian’s Law. Moving forward, the ASA has some concrete suggestions for South Carolina, which tabled all medical cannabis talks due to COVID-19.
“ASA a return to consideration of a comprehensive medical access program to serve state patients. When adopting such a program, the state should include a system for in-state production and distribution, as well as civil discrimination protections for patients. That state should also seek to expand the list of qualifying conditions and develop strict product safety standards.”
A local ABC news station reported in January 2020 that a Benchmark Research Poll showed that up to 76% of South Carolina citizens support legalizing cannabis altogether, nevertheless just medicinally. Though the percentage is substantial, State Attorney General Alan Wilson’s opposition is stronger, keeping recreational cannabis use totally off the table for now.
South Carolina has no list of qualifying conditions that make residents eligible for a medical cannabis, which is only permitted in the form of low-level THC oil; rather, the state only permits severe epileptic disorders including Lennox-Gastaut or Dravet syndrome as a considerable disorder. The state does allow state-certified doctors to approve any other condition that may in fact not respond to any other type of conventional therapy.
When South Carolina does expand its limited medical cannabis laws and actually consider recreational use, Veriheal will be the first to report how Palmetto State citizens can apply and be approved for the very needed relief the flower provides for dozens of disorders.
The only qualifying condition for non-psychoactive CBD-oil is a seizure disorder including Lennox-Gastaut or Dravet syndrome and epilepsy.
Without a designated statewide program, there are no caregiver laws for assisting patients with medical cannabis set up in South Carolina.
Possession and Cultivation Limits
There are no definitive possession laws regarding medical cannabis since the state does not have a program.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, the state does not offer any physician referrals, which is why Veriheal will set up shop in South Carolina when the state approves a medical cannabis program.
Veriheal can help you set up an appointment with a registered physician once the state approves a program. After meeting with a certified doctor in a virtual video consultation from the comfort of your own home, the doctor will determine your eligibility based on a qualifying condition.
From start to finish, the medical evaluation takes approximately 10-15 minutes.