A patient must be diagnosed with uncontrollable epilepsy which is not adequately treated by traditional medical therapies. Qualifying patients are protected from arrest, prosecution, civil penalties and discrimination for use and possession of cannabis that contains at least 98% cannabidiol (CBD) and no more than 0.9% tetrahydrocannibinol (THC). There is no requirement for state registration and the law is largely silent on cultivation and distribution of cannabis. There is no formal patient registration set forth by the law; however, patients must be enrolled in an authorized clinical research program in order to obtain legal protections and access to CBD medicine.
If you are diagnosed with one of the following conditions, you may be eligible for physician certification as a patient in
Becoming a Patient as a Minor:
Since there is no formal registration process in South Carolina, this process is entirely up to the physician.
Benefits of Being a Patient:
You will have an affirmative defense in court if arrested for possession of CBD oil.
Becoming a Caregiver:
To become a caregiver in South Carolina, you must provide care to a qualifying patient, either temporarily or permanently. You may be a relative or someone who lives in the same household as the qualifying patient and/or be employed by a day care center or a public or private institutional facility. There is no statutory limitation on compensation for designated caregivers. While designated caregivers are defined in the law, no legal protections are afforded to caregivers.
Out of State Patients:
The state of South Carolina does not accept out of state patient registrations. For more information about traveling as a medical cannabis patient, check out our Travel Guide.
Growing cannabis at home is illegal in South Carolina.
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