Can possession of marijuana edibles lead to a felony?

On Behalf of | Nov 13, 2023 | criminal defense |

In recent years, there has been a significant shift in attitudes and laws surrounding cannabis in the United States. Many states have legalized cannabis for medical and even recreational purposes.

However, South Dakota stands out as a state with a strict stance on marijuana and cannabis edibles. In South Dakota, possession or consumption of cannabis products can still lead to felony charges.

What if I legally bought edibles in another state?

In South Dakota, possession of cannabis in any form, including edibles, remains illegal. Even if you legally bought edibles in another state, bringing cannabis edibles to South Dakota could still result in serious criminal charges. The stakes are even higher if you are accused of transporting a large amount of edibles across state lines.

Potential felony charges

With regard to cannabis products of any kind, the severity of any criminal charges may depend on the quantity involved, as well as other circumstances of the arrest. For example, being in possession of a sizeable amount of edibles could result in a felony distribution charge. Additionally, if you have a previous conviction on your record, the potential penalties for a subsequent conviction could be heavier. If you are arrested in a school zone, the potential penalties for a conviction could be more severe also. All of this underscores the importance of putting an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side immediately if you are arrested for a cannabis-related crime in South Dakota.

Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to have the charges reduced or even dismissed. However, that kind of outcome requires an effective defense strategy. To learn more, please see our cannabis / marijuana defense overview.