Medical Marijuana Bills Gain Steam

 

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The so-called Compassionate Care Act just won’t go away. The law that would legalize medical marijuana in South Carolina was re-introduced in the Legislature in January.

The act states the purpose of legalizing medical marijuana is to treat illnesses including cancer, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and multiple sclerosis. But no reputable medical association advocates the use of marijuana for any malady. The American Cancer Society says most oncologists don’t believe there’s enough information to recommend marijuana to treat cancer, and that smoking marijuana can cause lung cancer. The Veterans Administration says the use of medical marijuana can do more harm than any possible good for PTSD sufferers. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society says more research is needed before it could recommend marijuana use in any form. As for epilepsy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), that since 1938 has ensured the safety and efficacy of the medicines we use, last June approved the cannabis-based drug Epidiolex for treatment of epileptic seizures. No one opposes any drug, from any source, once it’s approved by the FDA. I trust the majority of our legislators will agree, and vote against this thinly veiled guise for recreational marijuana use.

Charles H. Lutz

Salem, South Carolina

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