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North Carolina Marijuana Penalties

 

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  

Possession

Personal Use

0.5 oz or less Misdemeanor N/A $ 200
0.5 – 1.5 oz Misdemeanor 1 – 45 days $ 1,000
More than 1.5 oz – 10 lbs Felony 3 – 8 months $ 1,000

With intent to distribute

More than 10 – less than 50 lbs Felony 25* – 39 months $ 5,000
50 – less than 2000 lbs Felony 35* – 51 months $ 25,000
2000 – less than 10,000 lbs Felony 70* – 93 months $ 50,000
10,000 lbs or more Felony 175* – 222 months $ 200,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence

Sale or Delivery

10 lbs or less Felony 4 – 8 months $ 1,000
More than 10 – less than 50 lbs Felony 25* – 39 months $ 5,000
50 – less than 2000 lbs Felony 35* – 51 months $ 25,000
2000 – less than 10,000 lbs Felony 70* – 93 months $ 50,000
10,000 lbs or more Felony 175* – 222 months $ 200,000
To a minor or pregnant women Felony 3 – 8 years N/A
Within 1000 feet of school, child care center, or park grounds Felony 1 – 3 years N/A
* Mandatory minimum sentence

Cultivation

Less than 10 lbs Felony 3 – 8 months $ 1,000
10 – 50 lbs Felony 2* – 2.5 years $ 5,000
50 – 2000 lbs Felony 3* – 3.5 years $ 25,000
2000 – 10,000 lbs Felony 6* – 7 years $ 50,000
10,000 lbs or more Felony 14.5* – 18 years $ 200,000
* Mandatory minimum sentence

Hash & Concentrates

Possession of less than .05 oz Misdemeanor 1 – 10 days $ 200
Possession of .05 – .15 oz Misdemeanor 1 – 45 days $ 200
Possession of more than .15 oz Felony 4 – 6 months $ 200

Paraphernalia

Use, possession, sale, delivery, or manufacture of paraphernalia Misdemeanor 1 – 45 days $ 1,000
To a minor who is at least 3 years younger Felony 3 – 8 months N/A

Civil Asset Forfeiture

Vehicles and other property may be seized.

Miscellaneous

Involving a minor Felony 8 months – 7 years N/A
Possession in a penal institution Felony 4 – 8 months N/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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