South Carolina Medical Marijuana

Updated on February 2, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Recent Legislation Changes

As legislation changes in South Carolina, check back to this section for information about how those legislative changes will affect the prospect of medical marijuana in South Carolina.

Medical Marijuana in South Carolina

The State of Carolina has not passed any laws effectively establishing a medical marijuana program, however, on June 02, 2014, South Carolina passed S1035 “Julian’s Law,” allowing patients diagnosed with severe forms of epilepsy to use cannabis oil derived from the cannabinoid “Cannabidiol” (CBD).

Julian’s Law was passed into law upon signing by the South Carolina Governor, Nikki Halley. “All patients diagnosed with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, Dravet Syndrome, also known as ‘severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy,’ or any other severe form of epilepsy that is not adequately treated by traditional medical therapies and the physician’s conclusion that the patient might benefit from the medical use of cannabidiol.”

As per the legislature, patients who qualify may legally use CBD oil with no more than 0.9% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and a minimum of 15% CBD, to be obtained from the Medical University of South Carolina. Participants will be studied to determine the effects of CBD for controlling seizures.

For more information on how to access CBD cannabis oil in South Carolina, kindly contact the Medical University of South Carolina directly.

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Bills and Proposed Legislation

On January 10, 2017, the first day of the new legislative session, Bill S 212 was introduced to the Legislature to create the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act.

Sponsored by Davis, McLeod, Hutto, Campbell, Kimpson, Jackson and M.B. Matthews Sponsors, the bill stood with people who are seriously ill and their family members. The supporters of the bill said that it’s now time for lawmakers to permit people who have serious medical conditions or who are suffering from intense pain to benefit from a plant that is far more effective than opioids and has far fewer side effects.

If Bill S 212 is passed into law and signed by the governor, it will allow certain individuals with specific medical conditions and diseases to use medical cannabis upon receiving the appropriate physician recommendation. Certain individuals can also be authorized to act as caregivers to assist qualifying patients.

Additionally, the bill will create a registry where patients will be registered in confidence and given identification cards that can be verified by law enforcement. S 212 will establish state licensed and monitored medical marijuana dispensaries where patients can purchase their recommended dose of medical marijuana.

The proposed bill establishes the allowable quantity of medical cannabis as two ounces. For a doctor to prescribe or recommend marijuana for a patient, a physician-patient relationship must have existed between them. This means the physician is involved in providing on-going assessment, care, treatment and follow-up care for the patient’s medical condition. The physician must also provide a written certification to the Department of Health and Environment Control stating that the patient can benefit from medical cannabis.

The bill states that medical cannabis should only be recommended for a debilitating medical condition. The medical conditions stated in the bill include:

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Debilitating diseases or medical conditions that produce multiple sclerosis, persistent muscle spasms, neurological disorders, seizures, severe nausea, severe debilitating pain as well as wasting syndrome (cachexia) may also be treated with medical marijuana.

According to a section of the proposed act, if a patient has a statement from a doctor stating they have a qualifying medical condition, a valid registry ID card from another state permits the patient to possess medical marijuana in South Carolina. This means that if the bill is passed, people from other states may be allowed to use their medical marijuana cards in South Carolina.

South Carolina Qualification

Find out Who Qualifies for Marijuana in South Carolina in our definitive guide of South Carolina’s qualification guidelines. Read up on medical conditions that are covered under South Carolina’s medical marijuana program, age restrictions, criminal conviction restrictions, and more.

South Carolina Medical Marijuana Laws

Read South Carolina’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws to gain full specific knowledge of South Carolina’s exact legal guidelines without interpretation.

Telemedicine Services in South Carolina

On June 3, 2016, the state governor signed the new Telemedicine Act into law to establish new standards for the practice of Telehealth in South Carolina. The new statute defines telemedicine as using information technology, electronic communications and other means between a licensed provider in one location and a patient in a different location, even without the intervention of a practitioner.

The definition does not enforce real-time interactive video or audio communications technology. However, the provider must use technology that is sufficient to provide accurate diagnosis and treat the patient in compliance with applicable standards of healthcare.

Any physician who wants to practice telemedicine in South Carolina must have a valid state medical license. A doctor can establish a valid physician-patient relationship through telemedicine without having an in-person exam.

Remote prescribing without a previous examination in-person is permitted. But a physician should not establish a physician-patient relationship through telemedicine just to prescribe medication. When prescribing controlled substances through telemedicine, the physician must comply with all state and federal laws including the state’s prescription monitoring program.

Connect With Marijuana Doctors in South Carolina

South Carolina has not legalized the use of medical cannabis, but the new bill introduced to the senate reveals that it will soon become a reality. After legalization, you’ll need a written statement from a physician as well as a doctor-patient relationship to qualify for medical marijuana. We have an efficient system that will enable you to quickly find a licensed doctor working in your community:

  • Use Our Doctor Search Tool  We’re constantly building a network of qualified and competent doctors to help you handle examination, diagnosis and certification for any qualifying condition that can be treated with medical marijuana. Go to our doctors search page and type in your zip code to find the physicians in your community. You may also search via the cities placed at the top of the page.
  • Read Doctors’ Profiles and Reviews — Before you book an appointment with a doctor, you can view the doctor’s hours of operation, service fees and other terms of service. You may also read reviews from other patients before requesting an appointment.
  • Book an Appointment With a Doctor — If you’re satisfied with a particular doctor, you should book an appointment. We make this very simple for you. Just click on the “Request an Appointment” button or make a direct call to the doctor during their normal operating hours.

Find South Carolina Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Lawmakers have not yet approved the sale of marijuana for medical use in dispensaries. However, it is one of the provisions of the proposed act concerning medical marijuana. That’s why we’ve created a well-managed directory for dispensaries. When the bill is signed into law, you’ll have access to facts about each dispensary including physical location, telephone number, availability of your recommended type of cannabis and the mode of delivery.


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