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CANNABIS IN NORTH CAROLINA -EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
NORTH CAROLINA Marijuana Laws
- Marijuana is a Schedule IV drug according to state law in North Carolina.
- Federally, cannabis is still considered a Schedule I Controlled Substance
- Adults possessing half ounces or less of cannabis are punishable by a maximum fine of 200 USD
- Sales of any kind is a Class E Felony; penalties range from 4 months to 7 years and 200 USD to 200,000 USD depending on the pounds
- Cultivation of any kind is a Class E Felony; penalties range from 4 months to 7 years and 200 USD to 200,000 USD depending on the pounds
- An adult possessing drug paraphernalia is a Class A Misdemeanor
- Sales of cannabis or paraphernalia involving a minor is a Class E Felony
Cannabis Policy Reform Timeline
- 1977: Cannabis was decriminalized, and the penalty for possession of small amounts (half an ounce or less) was lowered to a maximum fine of 200 USD.
- 2014: A medical legalization bill was attempted in May 2014 and killed by the House committee in early 2015. Consideration of a statewide medical program was also blocked by legislation for two years.
- 2015: Governor Pat McCrory signed HB 766 into law. It legalized the use of CBD oil for patients with epilepsy.
- 2017: Hemp was legalized. Industrial hemp and CBD seeds with low amounts of THC can now be purchased from the state with the proper license.
- 2021: In August 2021, revisions for the state’s limited medical program were approved by legislation. Senate Bill 711 will enact the North Carolina Compassionate Care Act that allows individuals with qualifying medical conditions to register to use and safely access medical cannabis through a regulated medical cannabis supply system.
- This and several other bills are expected to be finalized in 2022.
Possession Limits in NC
- Possession is not allowed recreationally; possession of a 30 day supply of low-THC CBD and hemp is legal for medical patients
Frequently Asked Questions
Visit These NORTH CAROLINA Hotspots After Getting Your Medical Card
Situated in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina, is a hidden gem that has long been a favorite of tourists seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. This vibrant city boasts diverse attractions, from cascading waterfalls and breathtaking views to a thriving food truck scene and award-winning restaurants. For nature lovers, Asheville’s many waterfalls are a must-see. Just a short drive from the city, visitors can explore the stunning cascades of Looking Glass Falls, the towering Bridal Veil Falls, and the tranquil Sliding Rock Falls, where adventurous swimmers can slide down the smooth rock face into the refreshing pool below. After exploring the great outdoors, visitors can refuel at one of Asheville’s many food trucks, which offer everything from gourmet burgers and Korean tacos to artisanal ice cream and craft beer. For a sit-down meal, the city boasts world-class restaurants, including the James Beard award-winning Curate, where guests can savor traditional Spanish tapas, and the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, a must-visit for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Nestled in the center of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, lies the charming historic district of Old Salem. This unique destination transports visitors to the late 18th and early 19th centuries, where they can explore authentic Moravian architecture, visit historic homes, and witness traditional crafts and trades in action. One of the main attractions in Old Salem is the Moravian community’s Salem Congregation, which dates back to the 1750s. Visitors can explore the impressive Moravian church, which boasts stunning architecture and intricate details, and the adjacent graveyard, where many notable Moravian leaders are buried. For those interested in history, Old Salem’s Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts offers a fascinating glimpse into the lives of early settlers in the South. The museum features an extensive collection of decorative arts and furniture and demonstrations by skilled artisans who still practice traditional crafts like blacksmithing and pottery-making.