The South Carolina Senate Medical Affairs Committee unanimously voted on Thursday to move forward a bill that would allow the use of Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, that's derived from the marijuana plant.
Some of the stipulations include that the oil has to be used in an FDA approved clinical trial. State Senator Tom Davis originally introduced the bill to allow CBD oil to be prescribed by doctors, but stakeholders like SLED and the state Medical Association asked for stricter regulations.
Senator Davis says this form of use includes very little to no THC, the ingredient needed to get high, and it's strictly for medical use.
"I think we need to break down some of the pejorative stereotypes we have and we need to go ahead and recognize that this is a medicine prescribe by doctors who've made a diagnosis just like any other medicine," said Senator Davis. "If we have the ability to provide relief to anybody suffering from severe epilepsy we need to go ahead and take those steps."
The bill will be read on Tuesday with the first vote allowed on Wednesday, and a similar bill is also currently moving across the house under Representative Jenny Horne.
Senator Davis says he hopes both the senate and house will accept the bills and cross it over to each other, getting it passed with exceptional speed.