The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is hosting the Palmetto State’s second annual Medical Cannabis Conference this Friday in Charleston, S.C.
The event – sponsored by the S.C. Compassionate Care Alliance – features an array of medical experts who will “review the most current evidence-based science” and discuss how it “translates to clinical research, legislation and medical practice.”
“Attendees can expect to learn through engaging lectures, discussions, and case vignettes with a variety of medical doctors, research clinicians, and legislators, providing everyone with a more comprehensive understanding of medical cannabis,” a preview of the event noted.
The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Ethan Russo, the director of research and development at the Seattle-based International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI). State senator Tom Davis – the leading legislative advocate for medical marijuana – will also address the gathering.
According to organizer Jill Swing, the conference is intended in part to address concerns raised by state lawmakers who are debating whether to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. So far they have declined to do so.
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“I have heard some legislators express concerns that ‘policy is getting ahead of science’ regarding the medicinal benefits of cannabis,” Swing told us. “The counterclaim to that is MUSC’s second annual medical cannabis update. The Medical University of South Carolina is South Carolina’s main teaching hospital, so it only makes sense that they are leading the way in exposing medical and legal professionals to cannabis as a potential treatment option for patients.”
“MUSC has engaged some of the most world-renowned researchers, clinicians and legal experts to honestly discuss the true, unbiased-science behind cannabis therapeutics,” Swing added. “Although the conference is geared towards medical professionals and attorneys, anyone following this issue would benefit from attending this annual conference.”
The conference will be held at MUSC’s Drug Discovery Auditorium in downtown Charleston on Friday, September 27, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EDT.
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While MUSC is sponsoring the event, the school does not take a position on the issue of legalization – noting that the information provided by individual speakers does not necessarily reflect the views of the institution.
As for this news outlet, we have long argued in favor of legalizing marijuana – both medically and recreationally. As far as we are concerned it is a liberty issue – although we have acknowledged the necessary limits of such a policy.
“As we continue to push for the decriminalization of drugs it’s important to remember that there are – and should be – limitations to this freedom,” we wrote last spring.
Cannabis-related issues have found their way back on the front burner this month in the aftermath of a high-profile arrest related to the state’s fledgling hemp industry. That arrest has inflamed the debate between pro-marijuana politicians and law enforcement leaders who have led the effort to block legalization in the S.C. General Assembly.
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