In the state of South Carolina, getting caught as a minor in possession (MIP) of alcohol is a misdemeanor offense. As a result of that classification, some people fail to take this charge as seriously as they should. Being charged with and convicted of an MIP offense can alter the course of your life.
Many people these days consider marijuana charges to be minor offenses. Marijuana legalization in a number of states leaves people thinking marijuana offenses are minor. South Carolina, however, is not one of those states. While lawmakers have introduced a marijuana bill this session, it has yet to go to vote, let alone implemented.
Many young adults are alarmingly naive about the future ramifications of an arrest and conviction on marijuana charges. After all, some figure, if it's legal in some states already, just how serious can it be?