Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Medical Marijuana could be the next big industry in our state, both for farmers who want to grow it and for those who believe it's an alternative treatment to disease.
CBD Oil, which comes from marijuana, is legal to consume in South Carolina after a bill passed last session in the General Assembly.
"What I'm asking is: Is it legal," said Janel Ralph during a Wednesday meeting of the Medical Marijuana Study Committee.
Ralph says she needs CBD Oil for her daughter Harmony, whose medical condition could possibly be helped by the marijuana based oil.
"We need to look at how we can produce it in South Carolina because of access," said Representative Jenny Horne (R-Charleston).
Horne led the charge in the house last session to pass the bill that legalized the consumption of CBD Oil.
However, that bill does not authorize production. Thus, the need for a study committee on how to integrate medical marijuana into our state.
"Now that we've authorized the use of CBD Oil, what are the rules of the road?" said Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort).
"I don't have any fear about exploring what the possibilities are potentially with the state that has the needs we have and the potential revenue that would come from the taxation of this," said Senator Brad Hutto (D-Orangeburg).
Even though the bill decriminalized CBD Oil, it left questions about who should license growers and who from law enforcement charges those grow too much.
The committee wants to have 3 more meetings in the upstate, low country, and pee dee. No dates have been set for the meetings.
"At the end of the day, we can report back to the General Assembly back in January what our thoughts might be in regard to next steps," Davis said.