US (SC): Senate approves medical cannabis bill after weeks of debate

South Carolina’s Senate gave preliminary approval to a medical cannabis legalization bill.

If the legislation clears a forthcoming third reading vote for final passage, it will formally proceed to the House of Representatives.

Senators, who spent weeks debating the legislation and considering dozens of proposed amendments, voted 28-15 on second reading passage.

Gov. Henry McMaster (R) said earlier this week that it was too early to comment on the proposal, as changes were still being made by lawmakers. “This is one that’s going to depend on a lot of things,” he told a local FOX station, adding that he’ll wait to see the final version before deciding whether he would potentially sign or veto the bill if if were to arrive on his desk.

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