North Carolina Marijuana Laws

North Carolina Marijuana Laws

Many states throughout the country have legalized the recreational or medicinal use of cannabis. Unfortunately, North Carolina has yet to catch on to the trend.

However, state lawmakers have decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana to a less-severe crime compared to other illicit. If a person is caught possessing at least 1.5 ounces of pot, then it will be considered a felony offense.

The following are penalties associated with possession of marijuana for personal use, based on weight:

  • Half an ounce or less - Possession of any amount within this range is considered a Class 3 misdemeanor, which carries a fine of up to $200.
  • Between over .05 and 1.5 ounces - Possession of any amount within this range is a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a jail sentence of up to 45 days and a maximum $1,000 fine.
  • Between over 1.5 ounces and 10 pounds - Possession of any amount within this range is a Class I felony that results in a prison term of up to eight months.

Keep in mind, if you are found in possession of more than 1.5 ounces, you could be charged with possession with intent to sell. For example, if the police find a scale, small baggies, and a large sum of cash along with the cannabis, officers may believe you were planning on selling marijuana based on the items found on your person.

Possession with intent to sell less than 10 pounds of cannabis is a Class I felony.

If you have been arrested for drug possession in Charlotte, NC, contact Jetton & Meredith today at (704) 931-5535 to let us get started on your case.


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