Compassionate South Carolina to Host Educational Seminar on Medical Cannabis Advocacy at Winthrop University

ROCK HILL, S.C. — State advocates will host an educational seminar on the benefits of medical cannabis and train supporters to effectively lobby for the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act on August 5 at 3 p.m. The event will take place in Room 114 of the DiGiorgio Campus Center at Winthrop University.

Speakers at the event will include Rep. Michael A. Pitts, Chairman of the House Ethics Committee from Greenwood and Laurens counties; Dr. Jean-Ronel Corbier, a board certified neurologist with special qualifications in child neurology and Director of Brain Restoration Clinic; Rosemary Wallace, a U.S. Army veteran, recipient of Joan D’Arc Medallion and President of the South Carolina chapter of Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana; Duane Kirwan, a patient advocate diagnosed with stage 4 head and neck cancer who is considering leaving the state to gain access to medical cannabis; and David Newsom, director of governmental affairs for Compassionate South Carolina and father of a seven-year-old with a rare seizure disorder.

Full details of the event are available at

On January 10, Sen. Tom Davis (R-Beaufort County) and Rep. Peter McCoy (R-Charleston County) introduced the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act, which would allow qualifying patients with debilitating medical conditions and a recommendation from their physician to use and safely access medical cannabis. The Department of Health and Environmental Control would regulate and license cultivation centers, processing facilities, dispensaries, and independent testing laboratories. The department would also issue registration cards to qualifying patients and their caregivers.

“There is a growing body of medical literature on the importance of the endocannabinoid system and the uses of medical cannabis. In my opinion, it is medically necessary to promote and use such a treatment that has proven to be effective and safe, especially when other modalities that have been tried may not always work or may have intolerable side effects,” said Dr. Jean-Ronel Corbier. “Safe and effective alternatives are always needed.”
WHAT: Educational seminar on the benefits of medical cannabis and how to effectively lobby in support of the South Carolina Compassionate Care Act.

WHEN: Saturday, August 5 at 3 p.m. ET

WHERE: DiGiorgio Campus Center, Room 114, Winthrop University, 2020 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill

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

Author: Duane Childers

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