South Carolina House budgetwriters are proposing to launch a prison pilot project that would treat some inmates with an oil derived from the same plant as marijuana, although the state’s prisons agency does not want the program.
Included among dozens of budget amendments approved by the House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday was a proposal to offer cannabidiol (CBD) oil as a form of experimental therapeutic treatment for volunteer inmates. The oil, which lacks the chemical to make a person “high,” was recently approved by lawmakers for use in children suffering certain forms of severe seizures.
“This would give us the ability to do two things: see if we achieve a cost savings on psychosomatic drugs, which are extremely expensive… and to have our own controlled study,” lead sponsor State Rep. Mike Pitts, R-Laurens, said. [Read more…]