Marijuana laws in the United States tend to get more flexible and expansive every year. As of the beginning of 2017, such states as Colorado, California and Nevada allow recreational use. Medical use is okay in these states as well as in Montana and North Dakota. However, in South Dakota, along with many other states, marijuana is not legal in any form. This can spell trouble when tourists, such as Sturgis rally-goers, visit South Dakota.
Facing drug charges in South Dakota can be stressful for anyone. Many tourists with a valid out-of-state medical marijuana prescription are stunned to learn that South Dakota law does not recognize that prescription as valid. In any situation -- whether the allegations involve possession or a more serious distribution charge -- the potential consequences are staggering. You likely have many questions about how a drug charge (and potential conviction) can impact your life. An experienced defense lawyer can give you the guidance you need.