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Veterans Call for Passage of Medical Cannabis Legislation in South Carolina


Columbia, SC - April 19, 2022 ( Newswire) On Tuesday, a group of veterans and their loved ones joined together to urge South Carolina lawmakers to pass comprehensive medical cannabis legislation this session.

The event was held as the full House of Representatives prepares to hold a final vote on the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act (S. 150), a bill that would create a well-regulated medical cannabis program to allow seriously ill individuals to use and safely access medical cannabis when recommended by their physicians. The Senate passed the bill (28-15) in February.

"We have always been told our county is the land of the free and home of the brave. And I stand by that. We were the brave ones, so now is the time to give us our freedom of choice of treatment," said Cody Callerman, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and South Carolina hemp farmer who legally used cannabis for pain and PTSD when living in California.

South Carolinians overwhelmingly support allowing cannabis for medical use. A February 2021 poll conducted by Starboard Communications found that 72% of South Carolina residents support legalizing cannabis for medical use. Meanwhile, a new Benchmark Research poll surveyed known Republican voters in South Carolina and found that 76% of respondents are in favor of legalizing cannabis for medical use.

Thirty-seven states - including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi - have laws providing the framework for patients with debilitating medical conditions to have access to regulated cannabis products under a doctor’s care.

Speakers at the event included Steven Diaz, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who was severely injured while clearing IEDs in Iraq and COO of Columbia-based nonprofit Hidden Wounds; Cody Callerman of Edisto, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and South Carolina hemp farmer who legally used cannabis for pain and PTSD when living in California; Mike Harvey of Lexington, a veteran and registered nurse who is a board member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and director of cannabinoid education with the South Carolina Compassionate Care Alliance; Jeff Moore, former director of the S.C. Sheriffs Association, whose son - a combat veteran - legally used medical cannabis to treat PTSD in Michigan; Frank Godwin, a Vietnam veteran and representative of the Sumter, South Carolina Combat Veterans Group; Matthew Nichols of Charleston, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran; and Chris Schneider of Summerville, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

The South Carolina Compassionate Care Alliance is a statewide coalition of patients, families, and advocates working to establish a comprehensive medical cannabis program in South Carolina. For more information, visit

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