History of CBD and Cannabis: South Carolina
Currently, cannabis is completely illegal for recreational and medical consumption in the state of South Carolina. However, in recent years, the state has started to make very small moves in the direction of decriminalization and legalization.
Although medical marijuana is not legal, a 2014 law made low THC CBD oil legal for those suffering from incurable epilepsy. This constitutes the first time in over one hundred years that the state has recognized cannabis – and its derivatives – may be beneficial for some uses.
Constituents are hopeful that they will soon see a more open cannabis market in the state at some point in the future. In order to understand the officials’ attitudes towards cannabis and CBD, we have to review the cannabis policy and cultivation history that helps to define the state.
Cannabis, CBD, and South Carolina
In South Carolina, the cultivation of hemp crops goes as far back as the early eighteenth century. In fact, the region was one of the first to enact colonial policies that made hemp cultivation as easy and seamless as possible.
At the time, hemp was deemed necessary to manufacture because it was very useful for British Royal Navy. Hemp was considered extremely versatile since it was used in the production of breathable fabrics, composite materials, wartime fibers, and nutritious food supplements for colonials.
Hemp production only started to slow down in the early to mid twentieth century as officials grew more concerned about the influence of cannabis. Due to its leafy structure and earthy smell, hemp was conflated with marijuana, hashish, and other illicit compounds in many areas of the country.
Cultivation was almost completely halted after the federal government released the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.
It would take decades for the policy to change. The nationwide War on Drugs campaign did a great deal to stop research, advancements, and softening policy on cannabis throughout the seventies and eighties.
In June 2014, the Governor Nikki Haley finally signed a bill into law, dubbed Julian’s Law, that was nearly unanimously approved by both the House and Senate. Now, children with severe neurological disorders like epilepsy can legally have access to CBD oil if they receive a doctor’s recommendation.
Like other states, North Carolina officials have had difficulty wrestling advancements in medical cannabis law with federal policy. On the national level, marijuana is defined as a Schedule I substance that has no beneficial or therapeutic properties.
On the local level, this is far from the case. Constituents are more supportive of decriminalization and legalization efforts than ever before, owing to the wide berth of research showing the positive effects of cannabis use.