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Although marijuana use is still illegal in South Carolina, multiple stores along the Grand Strand carry marijuana substitutes that are supposed to produce the same effects as marijuana. Many users of marijuana or marijuana substitutes use it to experience a particular feeling, referred often to as a “high.” But much like other drugs or substances, the use of marijuana or marijuana substitutes can carry harmful side effects. The harmful health effects have been reported to be similar for both marijuana and synthetic marijuana substitutes and they may include nausea, delusions and headaches.
While some people choose to purchase legal substitutes for marijuana, others still purchase and use marijuana. While some states are leaning toward legalizing marijuana, it doesn’t seem to be the case here in South Carolina. Increasingly so, the legal penalties are becoming similar for the possession/use of marijuana and synthetic marijuana substitutes. For instance, just recently, the South Carolina legislature made the purchase and/or use of the marijuana substitute, K2 and bath salts illegal in Columbia, South Carolina.
The criminal penalties will vary based upon the amount of marijuana you are in possession of. The following penalties show the differentiation the law makes between possessing a small amount versus a large amount of marijuana. For simple possession of marijuana, (no more than 28 grams), or hashish, (no more than 10 grams), the penalty carries jail time of up to 30 days or a fine ranging between $100 and $200. A second or subsequent offense carries up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $1000. If you are charged with carrying more than 28 grams of marijuana or more than 10 grams of hasish the penalties can reach up to 15 years of jail and/or up to $25,000. If you are facing a subsequent charge for possession of more than 28 grams or more than 10 grams of hasish the penalties can include jail time of up to 30 years and up to $50,000.
While there are many local smoke shops along the Grand Strand and there was a big event just recently for 04/20, the use and/or possession of marijuana is still illegal in the state of South Carolina. If you or someone you know is facing charges for your involvement with marijuana, contact your local attorney Daniel Selwa.