2023 will be a different year for certain. Against a recent evolution of the national political landscape, South Carolina voters somewhat dramatically overhauled its upcoming state legislative session with fresh alumni. The question is, however, do the freshmen lawmakers have medical cannabis in their sites – and is that a good thing?
SC Lawmakers Tour Medical Cannabis Grow
On December 12th, 2022, SC Compassionate Care Alliance, assisted by Carolina Dream, sponsored the annual grow op tour for South Carolina lawmakers in Maryland. Of course, that would mean jobs, and jobs is an issue of serious discussion in South Carolina. Will this be the final year of touring, will The Compassionate Care Act (Formerly S150) finally pass in 2023?
SC Political Landscape
South Carolina, though diverse, is predominantly Republican. And despite the irony that the proposed legislation to enact a medical marijuana program in South Carolina has been authored primarily by a Republican, his efforts have garnered the wrong kind of attention from those with differing points of view.
The House Freedom Caucus is hard to peg down regarding marijuana. On the one hand, the above evidence from South Carolina seems to indicate a position against the initiative, as does reporting from Illinois and Wyoming, but examples from Idaho and nationally makes us ponder about what actually held them back.
Regardless, now is the time to find out exactly who your state Representatives and Senators are next year – and try getting to know them! South Carolina Legislature Online – Find Your Legislators (scstatehouse.gov)
If you are concerned about where Medical Cannabis is going in South Carolina and Nationwide, be sure you’re registered to vote and contact your state and local lawmakers. It’s only your voice that can impact how they feel about this particularly important issue. South Carolina Cannabis News & Voter Registration | Cannabis Voter Project