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SC senator pushes Senate to legalize medical pot

tglantz@thestate.com

For each of the 23 days left in this legislative session, state Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, said he plans to talk for five minutes about patients who could benefit from medical marijuana.

Those South Carolinians are of different ages, have different diseases and come from different parts of the state, Davis said.

But Davis, who filibustered an increase to the state’s 16.75-cent-a-gallon gas tax this year and last, said this mini-gabfest is not the same.

“It’s not a filibuster. It’s five minutes,” Davis said, adding his goal is to change hearts and minds.

Davis said he also is holding one-on-one meetings with members of the Senate’s Medical Affairs Committee, which rejected the proposal last week. Davis hopes his efforts help pass a similar House medical-pot proposal.

The State Law Enforcement Division has opposed legalizing medical marijuana, saying the illegal pot market thrives when medical pot is legalized.

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