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Jenny Bloom

December 10, 2019

In the State of South Dakota, all forms of cannabis possession are still against the law. This state does not provide residents with a medical marijuana program, or defense for possession of such substances. Out-of-state medical cannabis prescriptions are not honored here.

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Marijuana laws are continuously changing across the country. Some states allow for the recreational use of cannabis, while others only allow for medicinal purposes. Unfortunately, South Dakota is not one of those states.

Possessing Marijuana in South Dakota

Possessing any amount of cannabis in South Dakota is a crime, punishable as follows:

  • Under 2 ounces = Misdemeanor: Up to $2,000 fine and up to 2 years’ incarceration
  • Between 2 ounces to ½ pound = Felony: Up to $4,000 fine and up to 2 years’ incarceration
  • Between ½ pound to 1 pound = Felony: Up to $10,000 fine and up to 5 years’ incarceration
  • Between 1 pound to 10 pounds = Felony: Up to $20,000 fine and up to 10 years’ incarceration
  • Over 10 pounds = Felony: Up to $30,000 fine and up to 15 years’ incarceration

Note: A civil penalty of up to $10,000 may also be imposed after a conviction.

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Concentrates & Hashish

It’s a felony to possess concentrates and hash in the State of South Dakota. This crime is punishable by a fine up to $20,000 and 10 years in prison.

Selling Marijuana in South Dakota

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No person may legally sell or distribute cannabis in South Dakota. Related crimes are punishable as follows:

  • Under ½ ounce = Misdemeanor: Up to $2,000 fine and mandatory minimum sentence of 15 days to up to 1-year incarceration
  • Between ½ ounce to 1 ounce = Felony: Up to $4,000 fine and up to 2 years’ incarceration
  • Between 1 ounce to ½ pound = Felony: Up to $10,000 fine and up to 5 years’ incarceration
  • Between ½ pound to 1 pound = Felony: Up to $20,000 fine and up to 10 years’ incarceration
  • Over 1 pound = Felony: Up to $30,000 fine and up to 15 year’s incarceration
  • Under 1 ounce to a minor = Felony: Up to $10,000 fine and up to 5 years’ incarceration
  • Between 1 ounce to ½ pound to a minor = Felony: Up to $20,000 fine and up to 10 years’ incarceration
  • Between ½ pound to 1 pound to a minor = Felony: Up to $30,000 fine and up to 15 years’ incarceration
  • Over 1 pound to a minor = Up to $50,000 fine and up to 25 years’ incarceration
  • Within 500 feet of designated area or 1,000 feet of school = Up to $10,000 fine and 5-year mandatory minimum sentence
  • First felony conviction = 30-day mandatory minimum sentence
  • Subsequent felony conviction = 1-year mandatory minimum sentence

Concentrates & Hashish

In South Dakota, hashish is defined as the extracted resin from any area of a marijuana plant. Both hashish and cannabis concentrates are Schedule I controlled substances in this state. Related penalties are as follows:

  • Possessing, distributing, dispensing or manufacturing with intent to dispense, manufacture or distribute = Felony: Up to $20,000 fine and 10 years’ incarceration
  • First-time convictions = 1-year minimum jail term
  • Subsequent convictions = 10-year minimum prison term
  • Any of the above with intent to dispense or distribute within 500 feet of arcade, public pool or youth center, or within 1,000 feet of playground or school = Felony: Up to $20,000 fine and mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years to up to 10 years in prison
  • Dispensed or distributed to a minor = Felony: Up to $50,000 fine and 25 years’ incarceration
  • First-time convictions = 5-year minimum imprisonment term
  • Subsequent convictions = 15-year minimum prison term

Growing and Manufacturing Marijuana in South Dakota

No one is allowed to legally grow cannabis or manufacture marijuana products within the State of South Dakota. Such crimes are punishable based on the plants’ overall weight. See “Possessing Marijuana in South Dakota” and “Selling Marijuana in South Dakota” for penalty details.

Concentrates & Hashish

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Any device or equipment used to manufacture or create concentrates or hash is considered by South Dakota lawmakers to be drug paraphernalia. Such crimes are punishable as follows:

  • Possession = Misdemeanor: $500 fine and/or 30 days’ incarceration
  • Delivering or Manufacturing = Felony: Up to $4,000 fine and 2 years’ incarceration

Using Marijuana in South Dakota

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To use cannabis, some type of drug paraphernalia is needed. Since it’s illegal to use marijuana in South Dakota, it’s also illegal to possess paraphernalia in this state. This misdemeanor is punishable by up to a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Breaking the Marijuana Laws in South Dakota

In South Dakota, it’s a misdemeanor crime to inhabit a room where cannabis is being stored or used. This crime carries a fine up to $2,000 and a sentence of up to 1-year jail time.

Drugged Driving

This state has enacted a per se drugged driving law. It forbids drivers in South Dakota from operating vehicles while under the influence of detectable amounts of drugs, including marijuana. The state-imposed threshold prohibits driving while under the influence of cannabis.

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If a person is found to be operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of cannabis in South Dakota, that person is guilty of DUI. Such related crimes are punishable under the state’s DUI laws.

No one under 21 years old may operate a motor vehicle in South Dakota after consuming cannabis. This restriction is in play as long as there’s physical evidence that the substance still exists in the person’s system.

NOTE: Marijuana metabolites are detectable for up to a month after use in a person’s body. Therefore, it’s possible to receive a DUI conviction for this offense in South Dakota weeks after ingesting marijuana.

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Mandatory Minimum Sentence

If convicted of an offense that has a mandatory minimum sentence, a judge must impose a set amount of prison time. The judge cannot sentence the offender to less than the minimum mandatory time but does have the option of imposing the maximum period allowed. Such offenders will not be eligible for parole until the mandatory minimum has been completed.

Marijuana legislation can be complicated, but Jenny Bloom is always up for the task. Although not a lawyer, her experience as a reporter and PR specialist helps her understand legalese – especially when it relates to growing marijuana. A passionate supporter of legalization and home... [read more]

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