South Carolina's Medical Marijuana Bill Won't 'Get Passed Unless Some Sort Of Miracle Happens," Says State Senator

Medical marijuana is currently limited to cannabidiol products in South Carolina, but Republican State Senator Tom Davis is trying to change that. Davis has sponsored a bill that would establish a proper medical marijuana industry in South Carolina and allow patients possession of up to two ounces of cannabis.

While Davis's bill is now heading to Senate, the House portion of the bill is stuck in limbo. It faces an April 10 deadline to be advanced by a House committee, and even with these shifting attitudes Davis isn't holding his breath for the bill's survival.

"It is not going to get passed this year unless some sort of miracle happens," Davis told the Independent Mail recently.

It's easy to see why Davis doesn't feel confident about the bill given the rhetoric being spouted by Republican colleagues like fellow State Senator Tom Corbin, who used an anecdote about a trip to Humboldt County, California with his family to support his opposition to medicinal cannabis. 

"Every corner was just flooded with people with backpacks that were obviously homeless. 'Boys you see what happens when you get hooked on pot?'" he asked his sons. "'You lose everything you got including your house and your possessions.'"

The connection between homelessness and cannabis consumption is spurious at best, but that probably won't deter Corbin, who is famous for making dubious statements. Corbin gained notoriety in 2015 for telling a female colleague that women are 'a lesser cut of meat.'

Recent polls show that over 60 percent of South Carolina voters support medical marijuana, but that doesn't matter so long as people like Corbin are in the legislature.