South Carolina Marijuana Possession and Drug Crime Attorneys
Penalties for marijuana possession can differ on the basis of the quantity of marijuana taken by law enforcement and whether there is intent to distribute. Regardless of whether you’re charged with misdemeanor or felony marijuana possession, you’ll be subject to long-lasting effects. Marijuana possession charges aren’t anything to be taken lightly. Fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges, and even loss in scholarships may result from a simple marijuana possession conviction. And currently, marijuana can’t even be used in SC for medicinal purposes. However, medical marijuana is sweeping the country and even recreational marijuana is becoming legal in many states. Presently, only CBD oil (a derivative of cannabis) is legal in SC–but only as a medical treatment for epilepsy. Mary Louise Swing is the little girl who’s story initiated the new law in South Carolina.
Simple Possession of Marijuana in South Carolina
Simple possession of marijuana is defined in South Carolina statute as less than one ounce of marijuana possessed at the time of arrest. Although a misdemeanor, simple possession can still have detrimental consequences if you are found guilty.
If convicted of simple possession you may face:
- 30 days in jail;
- Court ordered fine;
- Loss of college scholarships;
- Permanent Criminal Record; or
- Loss of employment
If you are arrested with any amount of marijuana over one ounce, this is considered marijuana possession with intent to distribute. Marijuana distribution charges carry mandatory prison sentences and steep fines.
What Can I Do?
If you or someone you care about has been charged with possession of marijuana, or any other drug crime, please reach out to a drug crime attorney today. Remember, medical marijuana isn’t legal yet in South Carolina so even if you have a prescription from another state, you will be breaking the law here if you possess any amount of marijuana. You need knowledge and experience behind you to aggressively fight for your freedom and future.