Medical marijuana backer says S.C. House leaders blocked vote – Anderson Independent Mail

Kirk Brown, Anderson Independent Mail Published 12:28 p.m. ET March 21, 2018 | Updated 5:15 p.m. ET March 21, 2018

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State Rep. Jonathon Hill has accused leaders in the state House of Representatives of blocking a key vote on a bill that would legalize medical marijuana as a state Senate subcommittee has advanced its own amended bill to allow its use.

Hill, a Republican from Townville, said that House Speaker Jay Lucas intentionally dragged out floor proceedings Tuesday and then a committee chairman canceled a meeting to prevent a vote on the medical marijuana measure. Hill is one of the bill’s co-sponsors.

“There is no reason for that except to dodge this issue,” Hill said in a Facebook post.

He also said Lucas and House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee Chairman Leon Howard “think that they know better than doctors and patients — and it shows just how how out of touch they are with the people of South Carolina.”

In a video accompanying his Facebook post, Hill said, “Folks this is utterly inexcusable, and I’m not going to stand for it.”

Tuesday’s committee meeting was canceled just hours after medical marijuana advocates held a news conference at the Statehouse.

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In his video, Hill urged medical marijuana supporters to call Lucas and let him know “it is utterly reprehensible of him to stand in the way of us getting a vote on this issue this year.”

Lucas could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Howard responded sharply to Hill’s comments.

“Jonathon Hill is the most ineffective, worthless piece of crap that I have ever served with,” Howard said. “I feel sorry for his district.”

A state Senate subcommittee, meanwhile, voted 3-2 Wednesday to pass

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