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Bringing medical marijuana to South Carolina is a federal offense

Most people turn to medical marijuana as a last resort. Some of the people who use marijuana for debilitating conditions may have tried and not responded to traditional therapies or medications. For those with degenerative muscular or neurological conditions, such as ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), as well as those with intractable epilepsy or aggressive cancers, marijuana may very well be their last medical option.

While this banned substance isn't the panacea some people claim it to be, there are thousands of cases of people who successfully suppress seizures, shrink tumors and delay worsening symptoms through the continual use of medical marijuana. For those who suffer from these conditions or care for a loved one or child, marijuana can provide hope when Western medicine has failed them.

Unfortunately, South Carolina currently lacks a medical marijuana program. People who bring marijuana into the state from another state, even one with legal medical or recreational marijuana laws face both state and federal prosecution.

Possession of marijuana is only half the problem

If you bring marijuana into South Carolina for medical purposes, you likely already know that owning, using, processing or growing marijuana is completely illegal here. You may think that you're protecting yourself and your loved ones by choosing to bring it in state, in person, by driving somewhere to pick it up and then bringing it back. In reality, you're opening yourself to an even worse legal problem.

Possession could lead to misdemeanor charges in many cases. If you have a large amount of marijuana in your possession from another state, prosecutors could try to argue intent to distribute and charge you with a felony. Even that, however, pales in comparison to the potential for federal prosecution because you brought marijuana in from another state.

It is always illegal to cross state lines with a prohibited substance

Under federal law, crossing state lines with a Schedule I substance is a serious crime. It won't matter what medical defense you believe you have. You could find yourself facing both state possession charges and federal trafficking charges for transporting the marijuana across state lines. The potential penalties are quite serious.

A first offense could result in up to five years in federal prison and a fine of between $250,000 and $1 million. The weight limit for this penalty tier is 50 kilograms, or 110 pounds. That means you face the same penalties for one gram as you do for several dozen pounds of marijuana. If you get caught at the border of the state for any reason, you could find yourself in a legally difficult position that could result in dramatic consequences.

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