South Carolina

Mandatory Minimum Sentence
Medical CBD
Tax Stamps
Drugged Driving

Laws, Limits and Penalties

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  
1 oz or less (first offense) Misdemeanor 30 days $ 200
1 oz or less (subsequent offense) Misdemeanor 1 year $ 2,000
Sale or Trafficking
Less than 10 lbs Felony 5 years $ 5,000
10 - 100 lbs (first offense) Felony 1* - 10 years $ 10,000
10 - 100 lbs (second offense) Felony 5* - 20 years $ 25,000
10 - 100 lbs (third offense) Felony 25 years* $ 25,000
100 - 2000 lbs Felony 25 years* $ 25,000
2,000 - 10,000 lbs Felony 25 years* $ 50,000
More than 10,000 lbs Felony 25 years* $ 200,000
To a minor, or within a 1/2 mile of a school, playground, or public park Felony 10 years $ 10,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Less than 100 plants Felony 5 years $ 5,000
100 - 1000 plants Felony 25 years* $ 25,000
1000 - 10,000 plants Felony 25 years* $ 50,000
More than 10,000 plants Felony 25 years* $ 200,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence
Hash & Concentrates
Possession of 10 g or less Misdemeanor 30 days $ 200
Possession of more than 10 g Misdemeanor 5 years $ 5,000
Subsequent offenses carry greater penalties
Possession of paraphernalia Civil Citation N/A $ 500


Conditional Release

The state allows conditional release or alternative or diversion sentencing for people facing their first prosecutions. Usually, conditional release lets a person opt for probation rather than trial. After successfully completing probation, the individual's criminal record does not reflect the charge.

Drugged Driving

Every state criminalizes driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Some jurisdictions also impose additional per se laws. In their strictest form, these laws forbid drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have a detectable level of an illicit drug or drug metabolite (i.e., compounds produced from chemical changes of a drug in the body, but not necessarily psychoactive themselves) present in their bodily fluids above a specific, state-imposed threshold. Read further information about cannabinoids and their impact on psychomotor performance. Additional information regarding cannabinoids and proposed per se limits is available online.


This state has an active hemp industry or has authorized research. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. that contains minimal (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Various parts of the plant can be utilized in the making of textiles, paper, paints, clothing, plastics, cosmetics, foodstuffs, insulation, animal feed, and other products. .

Mandatory Minimum Sentence

When someone is convicted of an offense punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence, the judge must sentence the defendant to the mandatory minimum sentence or to a higher sentence. The judge has no power to sentence the defendant to less time than the mandatory minimum. A prisoner serving an MMS for a federal offense and for most state offenses will not be eligible for parole. Even peaceful marijuana smokers sentenced to "life MMS" must serve a life sentence with no chance of parole.

Medical CBD

This state has passed a medical CBD law allowing for the use of cannabis extracts that are high in CBD and low in THC in instances where a physician has recommended such treatment to a patient with a state-qualifying condition.

Tax Stamps

This state has a marijuana tax stamp law enacted. This law mandates that those who possess marijuana are legally required to purchase and affix state-issued stamps onto his or her contraband. Failure to do so may result in a fine and/or criminal sanction.