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growing marijuana in south carolina

Legalization “is going to happen,” Davis said. “I’m not going to stop until it does.”

South Carolina has just begun allowing farmers to grow hemp, the cannabis cousin to marijuana that is used in a variety of products from biofuels to textiles. Unlike marijuana, hemp won’t get you high.

A multimillion-dollar business

English is a partner in a new company called GreenSmart Botanicals, along with former U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles and long-time Sumter County farmer Edward Forte. They are just one of a growing number of entrepreneurs positioning themselves to cash in on the cannabis industry in South Carolina.

‘Not going to stop’

Sen. Paul Campbell, R-Berkeley, a member of Davis’ subcommittee, was tasked with building an estimate.

Hemp is used to make a variety of commercial and industrial products including rope, clothes, food, paper, textiles, plastics, insulation, supplements, oils, cosmetics, and biofuel.

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is a naturally occurring chemical responsible for many of marijuana’s psychoactive effects.

HEMP PERMITS

Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant species, Cannabis sativa, but they differ in concentrations of THC. Legally, THC levels determine whether the substance is considered an agricultural product or a regulated drug. Federal and South Carolina law define hemp as any part of the plant with a THC concentration that does not exceed 0.3 percent on a dried weight basis. Anything above that is considered marijuana and is illegal in the state.

3. What is THC?

No. Retail locations and hemp products are not regulated by SCDA. You only need a permit if you will be in possession of unprocessed or raw hemp.

Possession of more than 10 grams of hashish or hashish oil is per se possession with intent to distribute. A conviction for PUID is punishable, for a first offense, by imprisonment for not more than five years and a fine of not more than $5,000.

It is illegal to manufacture or sell drug paraphernalia. Possession of paraphernalia is a “civil citation” punishable by a maximum fine of $500.

Sale of 10 pounds-100 pounds is a felony punishable, for a third or subsequent offense, by a mandatory sentence of 25 years imprisonment, as well as a fine of $25,000.

Drugged Driving

* A conditional release based upon participation in the pretrial intervention program may be granted.

Cultivation of fewer than 100 plants is a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000.

Sale of 10 pounds-100 pounds is a felony punishable, for a second offense, by a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment, as well as a fine of $25,000.

Mandatory Minimum Sentence

Cultivation of 100-1,000 plants is a felony punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $25,000.

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.