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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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