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The medical use of marijuana, a measure pushed for seven years by Beaufort Republican Sen. Tom Davis, will see its first debate on the Senate floor this week as the bill has been set for special order. Davis’ proposal is one of the most conservative in the country — people using medical marijuana could not smoke it, and doctors would have to meet patients in person before prescribing the oil, checking for any history of substance abuse and creating a written treatment plan. The bill is opposed by a number of law enforcement groups as well as State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel and Attorney General Alan Wilson. More: Associated PressWSPA TVWYFFThe Post and Courier 

In other headlines:

Murdaugh facing 71 charges in stealing $8.5M funds. Disgraced South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh now faces 71 charges in stealing nearly $8.5 million and wrongful death and wreck settlements from more than a dozen people after another round of indictments against Alex Murdaugh were handed up Friday. More: Associated PressThe Post and CourierFITSNews

Mace faces Trump, GOP critics ahead of primary season. Republican U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace of Charleston has butted heads with far-right members of Congress, facing backlash from former Donald Trump’s supporters. Now, she’s trying to prove she’s not an enemy of the Republican party. More: The Post and Courier 

Statue of late Congressman Lewis to be unveiled in Charleston en route to U.S. Capitol. A statue of late Georgia congressman and civil rights leader, John Lewis, is set to be displayed in Charleston as it makes its way to Washington, D.C. More: WCBD TV

Berkeley County pastors to fight homelessness with ‘sleep out.’ ​​Three Lowcountry pastors will be giving away dozens of sleeping bags and sleeping outside to raise awareness for homelessness. More: WCSC TV

Allegiance Flag’s mail-order success leading business to expansion. A company that makes and sells American flags is expanding its North Charleston operations in coming months to accommodate fast-growing online sales. More: The Post and Courier 

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