North Carolina Cannabis Laws

Both medical and recreational use of cannabis has been decriminalized in a number of states throughout the country; however, that is not the case in North Carolina. While a couple of bills which address the issue are currently awaiting further review, marijuana is still illegal.

Fortunately, weed has been decriminalized in the state. Possession of half an ounce or less is a misdemeanor, resulting in a fine of up to $200 if convicted.

Those with large amounts or intend to distribute cannabis suffer harsher penalties. Possession of more than half an ounce but less than an ounce and a half is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 45 days and a fine of up to $1,000. Possession of more than one and a half ounces but less than ten pounds is considered a Class I felony, which carries a maximum jail sentence of eight months.

The sale of 10 pounds or less of marijuana is a Class I felony—unless less than five grams of cannabis was sold. Cultivation of fewer than ten pounds is also a Class I felony.

Keep in mind, medical cannabis is available for patients with intractable epilepsy to possess and use hemp extracts. These substances must have less than 0.9 percent THC and at least five percent of CBD. THC is known to produce the “high” commonly associated with marijuana consumption.

Since it is illegal to sell medicinal marijuana in the state, qualified patients need to purchase it in a state which allows out-of-state patients. Due to the restrictive nature of the medical requirements, North Carolina isn’t considered to have legalized medical cannabis.

If you have been arrested for marijuana possession in Raleigh, contact our experienced legal team at Sandman, Finn & Fitzhugh today!


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