Cannabis in North Carolina

Cannabis in North Carolina, United States, is illegal for recreational and medical purposes, but use of low-THC CBD oil is allowed for certain conditions. North Carolina has partially decriminalized marijuana, reducing possession of a half-ounce or less to a misdemeanor with a fine but no jail time.[1]

Decriminalization (1977)

In 1977, during a short-lived wave of decriminalization in the country, North Carolina reduced the penalty for possession of small amounts of cannabis.[2]

Failed medical legalization (2014)

A Medical Marijuana bill was introduced in May, 2014, but was killed by the House Committee in March, 2015. Additionally, the House Committee issued an "unfavorable report", which blocks the House from considering bills with Medical Marijuana components for the next 2 years. Non-psychoactive cannabis has essentially become legalized, but special seeds of very specific low THC strains (industrial hemp) and licensing must be purchased from the state.[3]

Legalization of CBD (2015)

In 2015, Governor Pat McCrory signed into law HB766, allowing those with intractable epilepsy to use CBD oil. His endorsement followed a House vote of 112–22 and Senator vote of 47–0.[4][5]


  1. "States That Have Decriminalized - - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws". Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  2. Robert J. MacCoun; Peter Reuter (27 August 2001). Drug War Heresies: Learning from Other Vices, Times, and Places. Cambridge University Press. pp. 46–. ISBN 978-0-521-79997-3.
  3. Binker, Mark (29 March 2015). "House committee kills medical marijuana bill". WRAL. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  4. Park, Eileen (2015-07-17). "Gov. McCrory signs CBD oil bill into law". Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  5. "Gov. McCrory signs 9 bills, including changes to law allowing use of marijuana extract". 2015-07-18. Retrieved 2016-11-12.
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