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Cunningham Calls Death of Medical Marijuana Bill 'Historic Failure of Leadership'

South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham criticized Gov. Henry McMaster and the state legislature after lawmakers tabled a bill that would legalize medical marijuana.


South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Joe Cunningham criticized Gov. Henry McMaster and the state legislature after lawmakers tabled a bill that would legalize medical marijuana.


That decision effectively kills the bill for the current legislative session.


The bill was tabled because of a technicality involving sales tax. Before the House began its debate of multiple bills, Rep. John McCravy (R-Greenwood) argued the medical marijuana bill was out of order because it would generate a 6 percent sales tax.


State law requires any bill that generates revenue to originate in the South Carolina House. But the medical marijuana bill was a Senate bill.


The House Speaker Pro Tem ruled in McCravy’s favor and an attempt to appeal that ruling failed in a 59-50 vote.


Cunningham, who is running against McMaster, released the following statement [...]