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South Carolina: Bills Introduced To Legalize Medical Marijuana

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Bills were recently introduced in South Carolina to legalize medical marijuana for certain qualifying conditions.

The South Carolina Compassionate Care Act would allow those with a physician's recommendation to use and possess marijuana and marijuana-related products if they have a qualifying condition.

Those conditions include glaucoma, cancer, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, HIV/AIDs, ulcerative colitis, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, PTSD, autism, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, Parkinson’s disease and neural-tube defects.

The bills are being introduced, “to improve the quality of life for hundreds of thousands of South Carolina patients who can benefit from alternate courses of treatment instead of pharmaceutical,” says David Newsom, head of Government Affairs for SC Compassion, a nonprofit medical cannabis group that has been working with the lawmakers to help draft the bills.

Oklahoma: State May Legalize Medical Marijuana Soon

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By Derrick Stanley
Hemp News

Oklahoma could legalize medical marijuana a year before voters get a chance to decide on State Question 788 if Representative Eric Proctor (D-Tulsa) gets his bill passed.

Critics of the new bill complain that it only covers a few ailments and is too narrow.

House Bill 1877 would allow medical marijuana for the following list of conditions: Glaucoma, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Tourette’s syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, post-traumatic stress disorder, severe arthritis, fibromyalgia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Proctor's bill is modeled on the medical marijuana measure passed in Arkansas in 2016.

“Arkansas is a state that is very similar to Oklahoma, and this will give us the opportunity to see what works there and also see what doesn’t work,” Rep. Proctor told NewsOK in an interview.

State Question 788 is pending, but House Bill 1877 would speed up access to medical marijuana by a year or more.

William Jones, a leader of Oklahomans for Health, does not support Proctor's bill, complaining that it limits medical marijuana use to patients with a handful of ailments.

Connecticut: Panel Recommends Medical Marijuana For ALS, Ulcerative Colitis

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A board of physicians on Wednesday recommended adding Lou Gehrig's disease and ulcerative colitis to the list of conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana in Connecticut.

The Medical Marijuana Program Board of Physicians voted 3-1 to recommend including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) and ulcerative colitis, but they split 2-2 on including Fabry disease, reports Matthew Sturdevant at the Hartford Courant.

Consumer protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris will review the board's recommendations and make the final decision.

"The commissioner may choose to accept or reject any or all of the board's recommendations with regard to choosing to promulgate a regulation to add any condition," said Claudette Carveth, spokeswoman for the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.

Any change to the program is also subject to a process that includes a hearing and public comments, review by the state Attorney General, and a vote by the General Assembly's regulation review committee.

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