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Defense Against Criminal Charges Involving Cannabis Concentrates

Possession of cannabis concentrates is a serious criminal charge. Even nonintoxicating variants of marijuana concentrates can bring prison time, significant fines and other penalties. You need to fight back aggressively against these charges to make sure that you protect your future.

Attorney Matthew L. Skinner, founder of Skinner Law Office, P.C., has been practicing law for more than 25 years. In that time, he has focused exclusively on criminal defense matters, including various possession charges. In addition to his experience as a lawyer, Matt takes a personalized, dedicated approach. He regularly represents college kids in these criminal cases. From his Rapid City office, he will work with you personally throughout your case so that you will always know what’s happening and you will feel assured that your case is in good hands.

What Are Cannabis Concentrates?

As the name suggests, cannabis concentrates are the potent part of the marijuana plant, without the actual plant. Depending on the details, these concentrates might be called hash oil, shatter, crumble, wax or dabs. The most important types of cannabis concentrate for our purposes are hash and cannabidiol (CBD).

Hash, for example, is the oil extracted from marijuana. It contains the most potent aspects of the plant with a much higher concentration of THC (the active ingredient in marijuana that provides the high) compared to the marijuana plant from which the hash was derived.

Another important marijuana concentrate is CBD. It is the second most prominent chemical in cannabis. Although it is nonintoxicating (it has no effect on mood or emotion, as THC does), it has numerous potential medical benefits.

South Dakota Laws

Hash and other concentrates are illegal in South Dakota, and the fines are severe. Further, South Dakota’s definition of marijuana includes all the concentrates and derivatives. So, even though CBD does not have any intoxicating effect on the user, it is still considered the same as mash or marijuana for purposes of the state’s criminal justice system.

The penalties are severe for a conviction of possession of marijuana crime in South Dakota, bringing up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines for the most severe offenses.

Attorney Matthew L. Skinner Can Help

With decades of experience and a strong commitment to helping the firm’s clients, Matt can help you get the best outcome possible if you’ve been charged with possession of cannabis concentrates. Call the firm at 605-519-5600 or send an email today.