NC is a Decrim State – But What Does that REALLY Mean?

In some states and municipalities that have ‘decriminalized’ possession of small amounts of cannabis, the offense is treated as an infraction and people may be given a ticket to pay, just as if they had been caught speeding.

In North Carolina, possession of any amount of cannabis up to 1 ½ ounces is classed as a misdemeanor, and possession of more than 1 ½ ounces is a felony. North Carolina is considered to be a ‘decriminalized’ state because first time offenders possessing ½ ounce or less are subject to a $200 fine and will not serve time, however, the person will still be arrested, and will have a record. Persons in possession of up to 1 ½ ounces may be sentenced to 1 – 45 days jail time and pay a $1000 fine.

For a detailed synopsis of North Carolina law and penalties, see

To learn more about the history of decriminalization (and other cannabis-related legislation) in NC, see

If you do not agree with the prohibition of cannabis and current laws, we ask that you do your part to change them. To learn more about how to change North Carolina’s cannabis laws, see


3 thoughts on “NC is a Decrim State – But What Does that REALLY Mean?

  1. Welp, apparently, this is more like a tease than anything else. Its too bad, especially with the kind of summer we just had, and the tobacco farmers not having a good year (I am all for the farmers, just NOT for planting poisonous plants, which tobacco is)…I am hoping maybe, just maaaaaybe someone in congress, senate, whatever, will finally realize the wealth of revenue that a legalized hemp industry WILL bring us. Why is it that the wee tiny tease of help offered a few, is being brought in for use from Colorado, when we have the ability to grow cannabis right here in our state?? Much better weather, lots of farmers in need to plant a crop that pays and can feed their own family, and an end to suffering by those of us chronically ill, and dying for someone in government to keep their word, NOT turn a blind eye. “this doesn’t impact me” pompousness; until it DOES impact someone they love as I have stated before. Please; again, use my meanderings to help in any way that might help make compassionate care finally a reality, too many are giving up, and dying from dangerous, addictive drugs, and it doest have to be that way. pfffffttttt.

  2. Thanks, Cindy – we look forward to the first NC hemp crop, as early as 2016? And yes, we will continue to work on changing other laws in NC as well.

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