There is much debate whether marijuana should be legalized in the United States. Marijuana is known by many other names including weed, pot, and cannabis. Marijuana is a naturally grown plant that some people believe is not physiologically addictive; however, there is much debate about this subject. Many states legalized medical marijuana for use with a doctor’s prescription; however, some states have now made it legal to possess marijuana for recreational use. North Carolina is not one of those states.
Can I Possess Marijuana in North Carolina?
Marijuana is still classified under North Carolina criminal laws as a controlled substance. Cultivating, selling, or possessing marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia is a crime in North Carolina. While the penalties for these crimes may be less than the penalties for crimes associated with other controlled substances, a marijuana charge is still very serious and can have serious negative consequences if you are convicted. Do not take a marijuana charge lightly — you need a Jacksonville marijuana attorney to assist you with your defense.
North Carolina Marijuana Charges
North Carolina divides controlled substances and narcotics into separate categories. Each category is treated differently under North Carolina drug laws. Synthetic cannabinoids and marijuana are a Schedule VI drug (there are no other drugs included in this schedule). If you possess marijuana in North Carolina, you will be arrested.
Currently, the drug laws of North Carolina make it illegal to:
- Grow, sell, or deliver marijuana;
- Possess marijuana with the intent to grow, sell, or deliver;
- Possess marijuana in any amount; and,
- Create or sell counterfeit marijuana.
The marijuana charge you face will depend on the amount of marijuana in your possession at the time of arrest and your intent with regard to the marijuana. For example, if you possess less than an ounce of marijuana, it is a Class 3 misdemeanor while possession of half an ounce to an ounce and a half of marijuana is a Class 1 misdemeanour.
Not all marijuana charges are misdemeanors. It is a Class 1 felony to possess marijuana of 10 pounds or more and growing, selling, or delivering marijuana is also a Class 1 felony.
Punishments for Jacksonville Marijuana Charges
North Carolina judges will consider your past criminal history when sentencing you for a marijuana crime. If this is your first offense, you could receive up to 10 days in jail for a Class 3 misdemeanor, up to 45 days in jail for a Class 1 misdemeanor, and 4 to 6 months in jail for a Class 1 felony. In some cases, your jail time for a misdemeanor may be converted to probation and/or community service if you can convince the judge that you deserve a lesser punishment than jail time.
First offenders who meet eligibility requirements may be allowed to participate in a deferral program. The program requires the participant to take classes for three weeks, keep a clean criminal record, and be subject to random drug tests. If you have been arrested on a marijuana charge, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our attorneys have extensive experience defending marijuana charges in Duplin County, Onslow County, and the surrounding communities.
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