North Carolina Marijuana Laws
The possession or sale of marijuana is typically charged as a much less-severe crime than for other illicit drugs in most states, including North Carolina. While the state does not offer exemptions for medical use, North Carolina marijuana laws have mostly decriminalized its possession, which carries a maximum $200 fine for possessing less than one-half ounce. In fact, it doesn't become a felony charge unless the defendant is in possession of at least 1.5 ounces.
The basic provisions of North Carolina's marijuana laws are listed below. See FindLaw's Drug Charges section to learn more.
|Code Section||90-86, et seq.|
|Possession||Less than 0.5 oz: misdemeanor, $200 fine; 0.5 - 1.5 oz: 1-45 days in jail, $1,000 fine; 1.5 oz. - 10 lbs: felony, 3-8 mos. in jail, $1,000 fine.
|Sale||Class I felony but not when under 5 g. for no consideration|
|Trafficking||10-50 lbs.: Class H felony, 25-30 mos. and/or $5000; 50-2000 lbs.: Class G felony, 35-42 mos. and/or $25,000; 2000-10,000 lbs.: Class F felony, 70-84 mos. and/or $50,000; Over 10,000 lbs.: Class D felony, 175-219 mos. and/or $200,000|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a North Carolina drug crime attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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