US: Medical cannabis bill fails to pass in South Carolina

Despite making it further this year than ever before, a push to legalize medical cannabis in South Carolina has failed again.

The South Carolina House of Representatives did not take up the measure, known as the Compassionate Care Act, for debate Wednesday afternoon. With time dwindling in the session, that effectively eliminates any chance of it passing this year. 
That decision came after Rep. John McCravy, who opposed the bill, motioned that it should have originated in the House instead of the Senate since it imposed a tax. House Speaker Pro Tem Tommy Pope agreed, ruling the legislation unconstitutional. 

State Representative Todd Rutherford, a supporter of the bill, appealed the ruling, but it failed on a 59-55 vote. "It's an abomination of House rules and certainly an abomination of the General Assembly and the balance of power that we have," Rutherford said afterward.

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