View Amendment Current Amendment: 60A to Bill 150

Senator SENN proposed the following amendment (150R085.SP.SS):

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by striking Section 44-53-2060 inserting:

/ Section 44-53-2060.(A) There is created a Medical Cannabis Advisory Board, which must be comprised of:

(1) one member appointed by the director of the department, or his designee;

(2) the following members appointed by the Governor, upon the advice and consent of the Senate:

(a) two licensed medical doctors authorized by the State to practice medicine who do not authorize medical cannabis;

(b) two licensed doctors of osteopathic medicine who do not authorize medical cannabis;

(c) one licensed medical doctors who is board-certified to practice addiction medicine in South Carolina;

(d) one research scientist with expertise in the field of cannabinoid medicine;

(e) two licensed pharmacists who do not dispense a medical cannabis product;

(f) two licensed pharmacists who dispenses a medical cannabis product;

( g)one cardholder and one parent of a minor qualifying patient. For an appointment made before registry identification cards are issued, this provision applies to one cardholder or one parent of a minor with a debilitating medical condition who intends to use medical cannabis; and

(B) The advisory board shall meet at least two times per year for the purpose of reviewing petitions to add or remove debilitating medical conditions.

(C) At least once every one hundred eighty days, the advisory board shall review petitions; consult with experts in South Carolina and other states with medical cannabis programs, as well as any available research; and, if necessary, hold public hearings before voting on whether to add or remove a certain condition as a debilitating medical condition.

(D) Members of the advisory board serve a term of four years or until their successors are appointed and qualify. A vacancy on the advisory board must be filled in the manner of the original appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term.

(E) Members of the advisory board may not receive compensation but are entitled to mileage, subsistence, and per diem as allowed by law for members of state boards, commissions, and committees.

(F) Except as designated in subsection (A)(2)(g), members of the advisory board may not also be a qualified patient and in possession of a registration identification card. Prior to being appointed to the advisory board, the department shall certify that the appointee does not have a current registration identification card. The department shall advise the Governor of any appointee who has previously had a registration identification card and the circumstances under which the card is no longer valid. If a member of the advisory board becomes a qualified patient, then he shall resign from the advisory board and notify the department and the Governor. /