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Cannabidiol Approval

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South Carolina is rarely ahead of the curve when it comes to drug policy, but the state legislature took an important step last year by allowing doctors to prescribe cannabidiol — an oil extracted from marijuana plants — to patients suffering from Lennox Gastaut Syndrome, Dravet Syndrome, or “any other severe form of epilepsy that is not adequately treated by traditional medical therapies.” The bill was inspired by a six-year-old South Carolina girl named Mary Louise Swing, who suffered from epilepsy, and according to a report in The State last fall, Mary had received her first dose of the drug and was showing “remarkable improvement.” Three cheers for the Statehouse for getting it right this time. Next step: Legalizing medical marijuana for pain management.

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