In South Carolina, Rep. Todd Rutherford has pre-filed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Dubbed the Put Patients First Act, the bill would allow qualified patients to possess up to two ounces of medical marijuana as well grow up to six plants.
“The time has come to put aside archaic misconceptions of medical marijuana and put patients first,” Rutherford told WLTX. “I hear devastating stories every single day from people who are battling epilepsy or suffering from a brain tumor who desperately need medical marijuana to treat the debilitating symptoms.”
The bill outlines nine qualifying conditions for patients, including chronic pain, and allows for more qualifying conditions to be added under the authority of the Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Rutherford has also submitted a bill that would allow U.S. military veterans who were honorably discharged and suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder to possess up to one ounce of marijuana or up to 10 grams of hash.
Both bills have been referred to the Committee on Judiciary and are expected to be taken up at the start of the year when the legislature reconvenes.