S.C. panel advances bill on medical pot research

COLUMBIA (AP) – A panel of South Carolina legislators voted Thursday to advance a resolution urging Congress to open more research on medical uses for marijuana, taking another step toward loosening some of the state’s attitudes toward the drug.

The measure implores federal lawmakers to “take immediate and additional steps to promote and actively pursue scientific research and testing into the potential use of cannabis to treat other medical conditions and illness by removing the federal statutory and regulatory barriers that prevent these scientific endeavors.” It now goes to the full Senate Medical Affairs Committee for consideration.

Marijuana-related measures have made strides in South Carolina in recent years, and advocates continue to push for more. In 2014, state Sen. Tom Davis led a successful effort to pass a narrow law allowing patients with severe epilepsy, or their caregivers, to legally possess cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive oil derived from marijuana.

Last year, South

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