SC legislative panel discusses medical marijuana

By JEFFREY COLLINSAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina still has a lot to do before implementing a law allowing residents to use oil derived from marijuana for medicinal purposes.

A legislative committee created to guide the General Assembly through the medical marijuana issue met for the first time Wednesday. The panel was created after the state passed a law this year allowing residents suffering from severe epilepsy to use cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, to control seizures if approved by a doctor.

The State Law Enforcement Division says it is still illegal to grow marijuana or hemp for any reason in South Carolina, including to extract the oil. Federal law prohibits sending the oil across state lines.

Committee co-chair Sen. Tom Davis says his panel wants to meet three more times around the state.

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