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Penalties imposed by the courts for breaking drug laws are very severe, ranging from probation or driver's license suspension to long prison terms and heavy fines. South Carolina outlaws the possession, consumption and distribution of illegal drugs. South Carolina and federal laws classify drugs based on their dangerous effects, potential for abuse and potential for addiction, as well any accepted medical (non-recreational) benefits they provide. The legal classifications of "controlled substances" generally determine the severity of the penalty for breaking the drug laws. For additional information on the dangers of drugs and drug abuse visit the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services' online clearinghouse.
 

What are controlled substances ?

A controlled substance is any type of drug whose possession, distribution, use and sale is regulated by law, including narcotics, stimulants or hallucinogens.

Is it illegal to share prescription drugs with others?

Not all controlled substances are illegal in South Carolina. However, depending on their classifications, many drugs are subject to strict rules in their possession and use. South Carolina law states, “It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess a controlled substance unless the substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to a valid prescription . . . .”   It is illegal to give or sell any prescription drug (such as Prozac, Zoloft, Zyrtec, Ritalin, Adderall, codeine, etc.) to a friend or classmate.
S.C. Code Sections 44-53-360 and 44-53-370
 

Marijuana (Pot, grass, weed, bhang, dope, joint, doobie, Mary Jane, reefer, hash)  
possession:One ounce or less of marijuana or 10 grams or less of hashish
first offense: Misdemeanor, up to 30 days and between $100 and $200
second or subsequent offense: Misdemeanor, up to one year and between $200 and $1000
S.C. Code Section 44-53-370(d)(3)
growing, distributing or possession with intent to distribute: More than one ounce of marijuana or 10 grams of hashish
first offense: Felony, up to five years and $5,000
second offense: Felony, up to 10 years and $10,000
third or subsequent offense: Felony, between five and 20 years and up to $20,000
S.C. Code Section 44-53-370(b)(3)  
 

Cocaine  (Coke, snow, flake, blow, free base, nose candy, rock and toot)  
possession: 10 grains or less of cocaine
first offense: Misdemeanor, up to two years and $5,000
second offense: Felony, up to five years and $5,000
third or subsequent offense: Felony, up to five years and $10,000
S.C. Code Section 44-53-370(d)(1)
manufacturing, distributing or possession with intent to distribute: More than 10 grains of cocaine
first offense: Felony, up to 15 years and $25,000
second offense: Felony, between five and 30 years and up to $50,000
third or subsequent offense: Felony, between 15 and 30 years and $50,000
S.C. Code Section 44-53-370(b)(1)  
 

Heroin  (H, horse, smack, junk, black tar)
possession: two grains or less of heroin
first offense: Misdemeanor, up to two years and $5,000
second offense: Felony, up to five years and $5,000
third or subsequent offense: Felony, up to five years and $10,000
S.C. Code Section 44-53-370(d)(1)
manufacturing, distributing or possession with intent to distribute: More than two grains of heroin
first offense: Felony, up to 15 years and $25,000
second offense: Felony, between five and 30 years and up to $50,000
third or subsequent offense: Felony, between 15 and 30 years and $50,000
S.C. Code Section 44-53-370(b)(1)  
 

LSD  (Acid, dose, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds)  
possession:   50 micrograms or less of LSD
first offense: Misdemeanor, up to two years and $5,000
second offense: Felony, up to five years and $5,000
third or subsequent offense: Felony, up to five years and $10,000
S.C. Code Section 44-53-370(d)(1)
manufacturing, distributing or possession with intent to distribute: more than 50 micrograms of LSD
first offense: Felony, up to 15 years and $5,000
second offense: Felony, between five and 30 years and up to $50,000
third or subsequent offense: Felony, between 15 and 30 years and up to $50,000
S.C. Code Section 44-53-370(d)(1)  
 

Crack  (Crack rock, crack cocaine, geek, moon-rock, 8-ball, boulders, gravel)  
possession: Felony possession of less than one gram of crack cocaine
first offense: Up to five years and not less than $5,000
second offense: Up to 10 years and not less than $10,000
third or subsequent offense: Between 10 and 15 years and not less than $15,000
S.C. Code Section 44-53-375(a)
manufacturing, distributing or possession with intent to distribute: Felony offense includes possessing one gram or more of crack cocaine
first offense: Up to 15 years and not less than $25,000
second offense: Up to 25 years and not less than $50,000
third or subsequent offense: Between 15 and 30 years and up to $100,000
S.C. Code Section 44-53-370(b)  
 

Methamphetamines  (Crystal meth, ice, crank, speed)
possession: Felony possession of less than one gram of methamphetamines
first offense: Up to five years and not less than $5,000
second offense: Up to 10 years and not less than $10,000
third or subsequent offense: Between 10 and 15 years and not less than $15,000
S.C. Code Section 44-53-375(a)
manufacturing, distributing or possession with intent to distribute: Felony offense includes possessing one gram or more of methamphetamines
first offense: Up to 15 years and not less than $25,000
second offense: Up to 25 years and not less than $50,000
third or subsequent offense: Between 15 and 30 years and up to $100,000
S.C. Code Section 44-53-370(b)  
 
Anabolic Steroids  (Juice, roids)
Some people take steroids to build up strength and athletic ability. While they do build up muscles, steroids also damage the liver, heart and reproductive system. They can also cause people to become depressed or aggressive. Even years after people stop taking steroids, they can still have heart attacks and strokes because of steroid use. Steroids are legally available in some situations, but only by prescription. It is illegal to possess steroids without a valid prescription.
What is the penalty for having steroids without a prescription? possession: 10 or fewer dosage units
first offense: Misdemeanor, up to six months in jail and fine of $1,000
second or subsequent offense: Misdemeanor, up to one year in jail and fine of $2,000
S.C. Code Section 44-53-1530(2)
possession: More than 10 but less than 100 dosage units
first offense: Misdemeanor, up to one year in jail and fine of $2,000
second or subsequent offense: Misdemeanor, up to two years in jail and fine of $3,000
S.C. Code Section 44-53-1530(3)  
*In addition to the above, the driver's license of any person convicted of a controlled substance violation must be suspended for a period of one year.
S.C. Code Section 56-1-745(a)  
 

Ritalin
 (itamin R, Methylphenidate)
Can I share my Ritalin prescription with others?
No. Ritalin is a Schedule II controlled substance that is strictly monitored for abuse. Schedule II drugs are the most restricted legal substances. Ritalin is included under that classification because, while it has legitimate medical purposes, it also has a high potential for abuse.
S.C. Code Sections 44-53-210, 44-53-360 and 44-53-370(c)  
 
Inhalants ("Huffing")
Is it illegal to get high off the fumes of household chemicals?
Yes. It is illegal, for the purposes of intoxication, inebriation, excitement, stupefaction or the dulling of someone's brain or nervous system to intentionally smell or inhale the fumes from any substance containing aromatic hydrocarbons (paint thinner, glue, etc.). Violation of this law is carries a misdemeanor penalty of up to $100 and 30 days in jail.
S.C. Code Section 44-53-1130