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S.C. Senator Proposes Medical Cannabis Bill

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Republican Senator Tom Davis of  Beaufort introduced a bill Wednesday to allow South Carolina doctors to prescribe a cannabis oil.

That oil is used primarily to help patients who suffer from a severe form of epilepsy.

The medication is not legal under SC law. But proponents say since it does not contain the chemicals which would help a patient get high or stoned, it makes no sense to ban it.

Six other Republican Senators signed on as co-sponsors of the bill.

Davis said in a news release that he got the idea from a constituent who has a granddaughter, Mary Louise Swing, who suffers from seizures.

Doctors at a Charleston hospital told the Swing family that the cannabis oil might help if legalized.

"I want to legally empower MUSC and its epileptologists to prescribe CBD oil to those with intractable epilepsy like Mary Louise," Davis said in a news release.

Jill Swing, Mary Louise's mother, said getting access to the oil would be life-altering.

"If she's not having seizures every few minutes she would be able to walk around our house freely, but right now we can't let her walk and she requires constant care," Swing told 7 On Your Side.

The bill has been referred to the Committee on Medical Affairs.

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