COLUMBIA, S.C. (WSPA) — Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) said with one week left in the legislative session, he isn’t giving up on legalizing medical cannabis in South Carolina.
He’s the main sponsor of the Compassionate Care Act (S.150). Wednesday, House leadership killed the bill. Speaker Pro Tempore of the House Tommy Pope (R-York) ruled it was a ‘revenue-raising’ bill, making it unconstitutional.
According to the state Constitution, all ‘revenue-raising’ bills must originate in the House.
Representative John McCravy (R-Greenwood) raised the point of order on the floor. He said because it would have created a new tax, he believed it was unconstitutional.
“It raised a new enabling tax, that was extensive,” McCravy said.
Davis said he worked closely with Senate attorneys and they did not believe the legislation violated the Constitution while crafting the bill. He said the 6% tax on medical marijuana sales would have supported the state’s medical cannabis program and the bill wasn’t intended to just raise money for the general fund.
“I can’t cry about it. I can’t pout about it,” Davis said. “I can’t come back and lash out, try to hurt other people’s bills. That’s not productive.”
Davis said he’s looking at different ways to get the legislation back before the House ahead of the end of the legislative session on May 12. According to Davis, he could tack it onto another bill and send it back to the House.
“Anything can happen. Good things can happen when you have the right people and the arguments on your side,” Davis said.