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Marijuana Policy In North Carolina


north carolina marijuanaNorth Carolina Marijuana Policy

North Carolina has the tenth largest population in the United States, which if statistics hold up, means there are a LOT of marijuana consumers in North Carolina. I’ve always wondered what the marijuana scene in North Carolina was like…maybe TWB readers can post comments below? Is the marijuana good, easy to get, and cheap, or bad, hard to find, and expensive? Or somewhere in between? Below are the current marijuana laws in North Carolina, courtesy of North Carolina NORML:

Decriminalized? — No.

Possession of .5 oz or less is a misdemeanor, punishable by 30 days in jail and a $200 fine.

Possession of .5 to 1.5 oz is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 120 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Community service is possible for these two offenses and a maximum sentence of 45 days if the offender has no priors.

Possession of more than 1.5 oz is a felony, punishable by 1 year in jail and a discretionary fine.

The distribution or cultivation of less than 5 grams without payment is treated as a possession charge.

Distributing or cultivating 5 grams to 10 lbs is a felony, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Distributing or cultivating 10 to 50 lbs is a felony, punishable by 25 to 30 months in prison mandatory sentence, and a $5,000 fine.

Distributing or cultivating 50 to 2,000 lbs is a felony, punishable by a mandatory sentence of 35 to 42 months in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Distributing or cultivating 2,000 to 10,000 lbs is a felony, punishable by a mandatory sentence of 70 to 84 months in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Distributing or cultivating 10,000 lbs or more is a felony, punishable by a mandatory sentence of 179 to 219 months in prison and a $200,000 fine.

Distributing or cultivating within 300 feet of a school zone, selling to a minor, or selling to a pregnant woman results in additional felonies and fines.

Possession of paraphernalia is a misdemeanor, punishable by 6 months in jail and a fine to be determined by the judge.

Medical Program? — No.

Want to help bring marijuana reform to North Carolina? Below are some great places to get started, via our North Carolina activism page:

North Carolina NORML

North Carolina Americans for Safe Access

North Carolina Students for Sensible Drug Policy

North Carolina Marijuana Policy Project

Carolina Cannabis Coalition
5025 Cokesbury Rd.
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
Joshua M. Johnson
Vice President
Carolina Cannabis Coalition


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  1. You still in the same spot …im from denver co too and literally in the same spot pineville mathews and carmel m
    Hmu I only been here 2 weeks

  2. I live in Charlotte, and I’ve been without my medicine for over a year now… Why is it so hard for me to find a reliable source in the Q.C.

  3. dammm see up in ec nc, its aite, you got your lows mid for a buck to 120 depending on quality, usually double for some loud, but its tasty. But the pigs up here are shady as hell. got to be careful : / for all them church people it says in genesis 1:29 God also told them, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant that grows throughout the earth, along with every tree that grows seed-bearing fruit. They will produce your food. he didn’t say anything about poison ivy, or poison oak, and we havn’t gone to “EPIC LENGTHS” to destroy that and it is still here…LONG LIVE THE PLANT

  4. wish.i.was.n.co on

    im new here moved from denver co and i use to be a seller and finder on the streets of baton rouge LA but after living in denver for three years i find it to sketchy to go back to the black market it sucks i wish they would just decriminalize it idc if theres dispensaries i can grow my own just let me get a license for it here any body wanna help me out maybe hang i live in charlotte pineville mathews rd at carmel

  5. New to the Raleigh area transplanted from NY having a hard time meeting friends with the same interests- I’m just south of the city in Garner, anyone close who’d like to meet up to chill? I hope that doesn’t sound too weird.

  6. lol i wish i could sell you some at those prices. they are nothing like that around Raleigh

  7. in NC it is easy to get, all kinds available. But it’s pricey. Regs can cost as much as 160 an OZ. And good mids can be $400 an OZ. Hydro can be $600 an OZ

  8. Thanks for compiling a list of resources that are working toward ending prohibition in North Carolina. I work for the North Carolina chapter of NORML. The link you posted for NC NORML is a good one. I might also recommend that people visit our specific website:


    We also have a Facebook page where we post events and meetings for our local chapters across the state.


    Thanks again for your contribution to the cause.
    Best wishes!

  9. Now that even 700 Club’s Pat Robertson has admitted it is time to legalize, expect to see the rural North Carolina economy improve and growers be less demonized and harrassed. NC cities are already awash in weed, while Asheville is its own Smoky Mountain. And now, a famous conservative preacher endorses it? Plow the back forty!

  10. DeeDooDaniel on

    I am a cancer patient living in Raleigh who uses medicine that makes NC see me as a criminal. As such, I have to seek my medicine on the “black market” which means high prices, unknown strains/quality, and exorbitant prices (as compared to states with legitimate medical cannabis resources).
     As a general rule, you can find someone without *too* much trouble.  There are a number or large college campuses that are good resources as well as some more dodgy areas that a daring individual might be able to approach a stranger seeking cannabis. I have had surprisingly good results (but I’m also judicious with whom I approach!).I generally pay $120 for a quarter of an ounce of high end medicine for my vaporizer, or $135-150 for mid-quality to make edibles.

    I hope that helps!


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