The Latest: Medical marijuana bill gaining support in SC

The Latest on the opening day of the 2017 legislative session (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

A proposal legalizing medical use of marijuana in South Carolina is gaining support in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Supporters said Tuesday it’s time for politicians to allow people who are seriously ill or suffering from chronic pain to benefit from a plant that is a far better option than additive prescription opioids.

Republican Rep. Eric Bedingfield of Belton says he’s tired of seeing people suffering unnecessarily. Bedingfield was among…

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