Medical Marijuana in South Carolina
The State of South Carolina is one of the last remaining states in America to not legalize any form of medical marijuana, however, there are strong pro-legalization advocates and Congressional representatives pushing for more change in the Palmetto state. In 2022, the South Carolina Senate passed SB 150, or known as the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, which would have allowed the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control to use a merit-based application process to issue licenses to 30 processing facilities, 15 cultivation centers, 5 testing laboratories, 4 transporters, and 1 dispensary assigned for every 20 pharmacies.
Unfortunately, SB 150 was defeated in the House based on a procedural motion that was voted upon in a 59-55 vote. Due to this defeat in the House, this further delayed South Carolina’s steps into the ever-growing marijuana industry by preventing relief and patient access for another year. Pro-legalization proponents are stressing the importance of voting in the November 8th election as every state House seat is on the ballot this year.
Currently with the passage of Julian’s Law in 2014, possession of CBD oil for children suffering with severe epilepsy is permitted. Further under this law, there is an exemption for the possession and use of CBD from the criminal definition of marijuana for patients who obtain a recommendation for CBD oil from a physician.
Upcoming Applications for Medical Marijuana Business Licenses
In the near future, there will be an open application process for Medical Marijuana Business Licenses in South Carolina. Now is the time to get started with your comprehensive and strategic business plan. Contact one of our consultants today!