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Cannabis in South Carolina

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South Carolina Cannabis Laws

Is Weed Legal in South Carolina?

Medical and recreational marijuana are both still illegal in the state of South Carolina. That being said, debates and interest have been abundant in legalizing medical marijuana. South Carolina made its first step in legalizing medical marijuana by allowing patients with severe epilepsy to purchase CBD oil so long as it has less than 15% CBD and less than 0.09% THC. 

It was speculated that 2020 would yield big improvements in South Carolina’s CBD program, but any legislature has been slowed by the novel coronavirus. In fact, 82% of Democrats within the state said they approved the use of medical marijuana. However, with the pandemic impeding state legislature, it is unclear when potential legalization will occur. We will be sure to keep this page updated - stay tuned!

Buying Marijuana in South Carolina

Buying Marijuana at a Retail Location

Currently, there are no operating dispensaries that sell marijuana products of any kind. This includes CBD oil that was legalized in 2014 to treat people with severe epilepsy. With no legal medical system and recreational marijuana still a criminal offense, South Carolina does not allow for any sale of marijuana products.

Using a Marijuana Delivery Service

Since marijuana is fully illegal in South Carolina, delivery services are strictly prohibited. There is no way one can obtain weed legally in South Carolina. Since no bills are currently being drafted, we are unsure how South Carolina will stand on delivery services once they legalize marijuana.

Store Hours

Store hours have not been outlined in any bill or draft in South Carolina. Therefore, it is unclear how South Carolina will restrict store hours or if they will at all. Since marijuana of any kind is still illegal in South Carolina, no stores are allowed in any fashion.

Purchasing Restrictions

Marijuana of any kind is still illegal in the state of South Carolina. Therefore, no matter the amount you purchase or possess, there are serious consequences. Possession or purchase of ½ an ounce of marijuana or less will result in a misdemeanor, up to 30 days in jail or a $200 fine. If one is caught with ½ an ounce more than once, they must spend 1 year in jail and pay a fine of $2,000. If somebody is caught with more than half an ounce, it is up to the judge’s ruling.

Available Products

Despite the legalization of CBD oil in 2014, South Carolina still has not made the product available. People are still not allowed to cultivate marijuana for medicinal purposes in the state, so there is no place to create CBD oil to help people with severe epilepsy.

Taxes on Marijuana in South Carolina

Taxes on Recreational Marijuana in South Carolina

Recreational marijuana is outlawed in South Carolina and there has been no legal system to maintain, regulate, and tax marijuana. Therefore, purchasing recreational marijuana involves illegal sales through the black market. If the South Carolina police catch anyone selling or purchasing marijuana, they will crack down hard. It is too early to tell how recreational marijuana might be taxed when it becomes legal, but we will continue to update when new bills are passed.

Taxes on Medical Marijuana in South Carolina

Taxes on medical marijuana in South Carolina are nonexistent because medical marijuana in South Carolina is still illegal. There have been no bills or drafts about medical marijuana so we are unsure of how the state will elect to impose taxes on medical marijuana. Stay tuned as legislation passes!


Possession of half an ounce of marijuana or less will result in a misdemeanor, up to 30 days in jail or a $200 fine. If one is caught with half an ounce or less more than once, they must spend 1 year in jail and pay a fine of $2,000. Possession of larger amounts of marijuana in the state will be up to the ruling of the judge and the county.

Using Marijuana in South Carolina

The use of any type of marijuana in South Carolina is not decriminalized. No matter the amount or type, one who is caught using marijuana in South Carolina will face fines and possibly jail time. Therefore, there is no place where one is allowed to consume marijuana and the cops will go after any suspect.

Smoking on Federal Lands

Smoking on federal lands is still highly illegal since marijuana is illegal on a federal level. Therefore, the federal government's jurisdiction supersedes the state government and they can charge people on federal lands regardless of marijuana’s legality in the state. Therefore, always stay off federal land if you have ingested, are about to ingest, or are just in possession of marijuana.

Medical Marijuana in South Carolina

There have been many attempts to legalize medical marijuana in South Carolina but there has been no avail. South Carolina had their best chance to legalize medical marijuana in early 2020, but the novel coronavirus has slowed any progress to a halt. With 80% of Democratic voters keen on legalizing medical marijuana, we are sure that South Carolina will soon have legal medical cannabis.

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card in South Carolina

As of now, medical marijuana is still illegal in South Carolina and there is no way to obtain a medical card. Once the program is established, we will update you on how to obtain your own medical marijuana card in South Carolina.

Out of State Medical Cards South Carolina

Out of state medical cards are not accepted in South Carolina as there is no legal medical dispensary. It is unclear how the state will view this issue once medical marijuana does become legalized, but we will let you know as new information becomes available.

How to Transport Marijuana in South Carolina

Transporting Marijuana in South Carolina

If any sort of marijuana is found in one’s vehicle they will be in some serious trouble. If there is no intent to sell the marijuana, then they will be charged with standard possession but if there is an intent to sell, they could face life in prison. Transporting marijuana is highly illegal in South Carolina as is the possession of any kind.

Driving While Under the Influence of Marijuana

There is no legal limit on driving under the influence of marijuana in Georgia. Instead, any trace of marijuana in one’s system is illegal as it is still illegal on a state level. Driving under the influence of marijuana is always a bad idea and can result in massive legal problems similar to that of a DUI.

Driving Across State Lines with Marijuana

As you may know, the state borders are under federal jurisdiction, where cannabis is still illegal. Therefore, driving across state lines puts the driver and anyone in the car under federal law. If caught transporting marijuana across state lines, one will be prosecuted on a federal level which levies massive fines and possible jail time, even if weed is legal in the state you are driving to.

Growing Marijuana in South Carolina

Growing marijuana in South Carolina is highly illegal and a separate offense than simply possessing marijuana. Growing any amount less than 100 plants is a felony that leads to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Growing between 100 and 1,000 plants is a felony that leads to 25 years in prison and a $25,000 fine minimum. The more and more plants that are grown, the larger the fines are and can even total $100,000.


Frequently asked questions about cannabis in South Carolina