South Carolina law says no matter how you obtain it, it is illegal to have any parts of a marijuana plant except mature stalks or plant fibers, making the state one of the strictest in terms of marijuana laws. However, discussions surrounding the legalization of medical marijuana have been gaining momentum in recent years. According to a local news outlet, there are 38 states across the nation that have already legalized medical marijuana, which adds to the pressure for South Carolina lawmakers to consider similar measures.
The South Carolina chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws (NORML) has been instrumental in advocating for the legalization of marijuana. However, after seven years of operation, the chapter announced its closure, leaving behind a void in the fight for marijuana reform.
Interestingly, South Carolina's two largest cities, Columbia and Horry County, have taken different approaches to the nascent business of marijuana. While Columbia has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, Horry County remains strict in its enforcement of marijuana laws. This discrepancy highlights the complexities surrounding the issue and the need for a consistent approach across the state.