The laws around cannabis growing in South Carolina are somewhat hazy. You can grow hemp, but not cannabis. You can consume medical marijuana but only if you have certain conditions. Possession is definitely illegal, but only over a certain amount – it certainly isn’t straightforward. We have looked at some of the current laws in South Carolina and pinpointed the keys facts when it comes to growing cannabis.
Can I Grow Cannabis?
Growing cannabis in South Carolina is currently illegal and if the authorities suspect you of growing it, especially with the intention of distribution, then you could face prison time. However, there is a loophole for those growing for medicinal purposes, providing there is very little THC contained in the plant, which is defined as hemp with less than 0.3% THC. There is also consideration for the number of plants growing, for example, you would probably not be able to claim that 100 plants are for personal, medical purposes.
If you choose to grow cannabis in South Carolina then you must be very careful, according to state law, hemp is not cannabis and can therefore be grown, however any growing of cannabis with a THC content of over 0.3% will be considered illegal and at a minimum will be punished with a fine.
As with all laws, there are some exceptions so there is a good chance you may not face serious punishment if you are a first offender or are growing a small amount of plants. First-time offenders will usually receive probation and/or a fine. You can also expect to be faced with a marijuana tax if your plants happen to be seized. The fact that a marijuana tax exists suggests that cannabis cultivation is more popular than it appears to be in South Carolina and can certainly be done successfully albeit carefully. If you need help with growing, check out these guys
Is Possession Legal?
If you are found with cannabis on your person in South Carolina then it will most likely be dealt with as a misdemeanour, providing you are only carrying up to 1oz. You can expect to be fined if this is the case. However, there is some confusion around this. Some laws state that you are not allowed to smoke marijuana then others that say this is dependent on the amount of THC your cannabis contains.
What about Medical Marijuana?
Medical marijuana in South Carolina is not as popular as some other states. The most popular form of medical marijuana is oil containing a high quantity of CBD extract with at least 15% CBD and a maximum of 0.9% THC. Even then, these medical marijuana products are only approved for a very narrow set of medical conditions including certain forms of epilepsy, cancer and some terminal conditions. So do your homework before pursuing this type of treatment, as you may find it much more difficult to access than other parts of the USA.