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Bill legalizing cannabis oil extract heads to Senate subcommittee

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There was more emotional testimony in a committee meeting Thursday to discuss legalizing an extract of the cannabis plant that some claim could end the suffering for thousands in the state.

Some senators say cannabis oil is an effective for treatment for severe forms of epilepsy in clinical trials, and they only want to legalize it for that purpose.

But there were others in the audience today, who claim the oil would help them, too. Like Jonathon Lubecky, a veteran who struggles with PTSC and a traumatic brain injury.

"I've been told, 'You're home now. Get over it,' but it's a medical issue, and if using a cannaboid helps, why is it wrong," said Lubecky.

The latest version of this proposal would protect the doctors who prescribe the oil and the pharmacies that distribute it. FDA-approved clinical trials of the drug are ongoing in two states and the hope is to bring them to South Carolina as well.

"I think we're on solid legal footing," said state Sen. Tom Davis. "The FDA itself, by conducting these clinical trials, is sort of a nod to the fact that it isn't a schedule one drug. Otherwise they'd be going back to Congress to try and do these clinical trials."

The bill passed. It'll head to the full Senate Medical Affairs Committee next. A companion bill in the House of Representatives has yet to be scheduled for full debate on the floor.

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