Local group lobbies lawmakers to legalize medical marijuana

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — It’s not a new issue, but a Lowcountry advocacy group is getting aggressive Monday on medical marijuana.

The group, Compassionate Care South Carolina, will teach how to effectively lobby lawmakers in the hopes of pushing proposed medical marijuana legislation through the state legislature.

Former U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles will join Senator Tom Davis and State Representative Peter McCoy at the training. 

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Also expected is West Columbia addiction specialist Dr. Stephen Merlin and a lobbyist for Compassionate South Carolina David Newsom, who has a seven-year-old child with a rare seizure disorder.

“There are a lot of patients in Charleston who would benefit from medical cannabis," Newsom said. "We want to help patients and their families communicate this to their elected officials. It's fitting that this army of advocates will be receiving training at one of the nation's premier military colleges."

The training will take place at Bond Hall at the Citadel at 6:30 p.m.

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