Cannabis Rules & Regulations: South Carolina

Cannabis Rules & Regulations: South Carolina

South Carolina Cannabis History

South Carolina is one of only 14 states where medical use of cannabis remains illegal.  The only current exception is help-derived CBD oil that contain less than 0.3% THC.  Under the 2018 Farm Bill, cannabis plants with less than 0.30% THC concentration on a dried weight basis are classified as industrial hemp and considered legal.

Efforts to pass the Compassionate Care Act (S. 150 and H. 3361) are currently underway.  As of April 5, 2021, the Senate Medical Affairs Committee passed a medical cannabis bill in a vote of 9-5. The full Senate is expected to vote during the second week of April.

South Carolina Child-Resistant Packaging Rules


Like all states that authorize the use of CBD products, South Carolina mandates that the packaging is child-resistant and labeled in accordance with the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”). Under the FDCA, the labels of any product sold in the United States, including child-resistant CBD and marijuana packaging, must contain four basic elements:

  • 1. An identity statement saying what the product is
  • 2. The net weight
  • 3. An ingredient list, with hemp, CBD, and THC clearly identified
  • 4. The name and address of the manufacturer/distributor.

Child-resistant packaging rules apply to the CBD products currently available as a way to safeguard children while making medicines accessible to the elderly, much like prescription medicines.  The Poison Prevention Packaging Act establishes the standards for child-safe packaging on many products, including those containing medical and recreational marijuana products.

Useful Links for South Carolina Cannabis Regulations

South Carolina Laws and Penalties
SC Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Treatment Research Act
House Summary of South Carolina Compassionate Care Act — H. 3361
South Carolina Hemp FAQ

South Carolina Cannabis Growers Application

The application period for a 2021 Hemp Farming Permit is closed until January 1, 2022.
Application materials can be found here

Editor's Note: Status as of 4/8/2021

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