Marijuana is illegal both for medical and recreational purposes in North Carolina. Non-psychoactive marijuana has been legalized, but special seeds of low-THC strains (industrial hemp) must be purchased from the state.
Carrying 0.5 oz or less of marijuana entails a maximum fine of $200. Possession of 0.5-1.5 oz is punishable by a discretionary fine and a sentence of up to 45 days in jail. Furthermore, cannabis possession in a penal institution is a felony, the penalties for which include incarceration for 4-8 months.
For selling less than 10 pounds, the offender may face a discretionary fine and be sent to jail for 4-8 months. The sale of 10-50 pounds may result in a minimum fine of $5,000 and 30-month prison term.
Cultivation of up to 10 pounds is a felony punishable by a discretionary fine and incarceration for 3-8 months in jail. Growing 10-50 pounds of the marijuana plants is punishable by a maximum 30-month imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.
Smoking marijuana in public is prohibited.
The state’s law allows the use of marijuana extracts containing 5 percent or more CBD and less than 0.9 percent THC for treating patients with intractable epilepsy.