North Carolina Marijuana Penalties

 

OffensePenaltyIncarceration  Max. Fine  

Possession

Personal Use

0.5 oz or lessMisdemeanorN/A$ 200
0.5 – 1.5 ozMisdemeanor1 – 45 days$ 1,000
More than 1.5 oz – 10 lbsFelony3 – 8 months$ 1,000

With intent to distribute

More than 10 – less than 50 lbsFelony25* – 39 months$ 5,000
50 – less than 2000 lbsFelony35* – 51 months$ 25,000
2000 – less than 10,000 lbsFelony70* – 93 months$ 50,000
10,000 lbs or moreFelony175* – 222 months$ 200,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence

Sale or Delivery

10 lbs or lessFelony4 – 8 months$ 1,000
More than 10 – less than 50 lbsFelony25* – 39 months$ 5,000
50 – less than 2000 lbsFelony35* – 51 months$ 25,000
2000 – less than 10,000 lbsFelony70* – 93 months$ 50,000
10,000 lbs or moreFelony175* – 222 months$ 200,000
To a minor or pregnant womenFelony3 – 8 yearsN/A
Within 1000 feet of school, child care center, or park groundsFelony1 – 3 yearsN/A
* Mandatory minimum sentence

Cultivation

Less than 10 lbsFelony3 – 8 months$ 1,000
10 – 50 lbsFelony2* – 2.5 years$ 5,000
50 – 2000 lbsFelony3* – 3.5 years$ 25,000
2000 – 10,000 lbsFelony6* – 7 years$ 50,000
10,000 lbs or moreFelony14.5* – 18 years$ 200,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence

Hash & Concentrates

Possession of less than .05 ozMisdemeanor1 – 10 days$ 200
Possession of .05 – .15 ozMisdemeanor1 – 45 days$ 200
Possession of more than .15 ozFelony4 – 6 months$ 200

Paraphernalia

Use, possession, sale, delivery, or manufacture of paraphernaliaMisdemeanor1 – 45 days$ 1,000
To a minor who is at least 3 years youngerFelony3 – 8 monthsN/A

Civil Asset Forfeiture

Vehicles and other property may be seized.

Miscellaneous

Involving a minorFelony8 months – 7 yearsN/A
Possession in a penal institutionFelony4 – 8 monthsN/A
A fine of $0 is discretionary and is decided on a case-by-case basis by the sitting judge. See below for more details.
If convicted of a felony offense and given probation results in driver’s license forfeiture.

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