Controlled Substances in North Carolina

Each drug in North Carolina is categorized in a Schedule. Schedule I drugs are the most serious. In addition, North Carolina has a chart to determine mandatory minimums in drug trafficking cases. Here are the charts that may apply if you are accused of a drug possession, drug trafficking, or other drug related crime.

Schedule I

Has a high potential for abuse.

Has no medical use.

Has a lack of accepted safety.
Heroin
Ecstasy
GHB
Methaqualone
Peyote
Opiates
(and others)
First Offense

Class I Felony

4-5 Months
Schedule II

Has a high potential for abuse.

Has accepted medical use with severe restrictions.

Abuse may lead to physical or psychological dependence.
Cocaine
Raw Opium
Opium Extracts, Fluid and Powder
Codeine
Hydrocodone
Morphine
Methadone
Methamphetamine
Ritalin (and others)
First Offense

Class 1 Misdemeanor

45 Days in Jail
Second Offense

Class I Felony

4-5 Months
Schedule III

Has potential for abuse, but less than Schedule I or II substances.

Has an accepted medical use.

Abuse may lead to limited dependence.
Ketamine
Anabolic Steroids
Some Barbituates
(and others)
First Offense

Class 1 Misdemeanor

45 Days in Jail
Second Offense

Class I Felony

4-5 Months
Schedule IV

Has a low potential for abuse.

Has an accepted medical use.

Abuse may lead to limited dependence.
Valium
Xanax
Rohypnol
Darvon
Clonazepam
Barbital
(and others)
First Offense

Class 1 Misdemeanor

45 Days in Jail
Second Offense

Class I Felony

4-5 Months
Schedule V

Has a low potential for abuse.

Has an accepted medical use.

Abuse may lead to limited dependence.
Over the counter cough medicines with codeine
(and others)
First Offense

Class 2 Misdemeanor

30 Days in Jail
Second Offense

Class 1 Misdemeanor

45 Days in Jail
Schedule VI

Has a low potential for abuse.

Has no accepted medical use.

Abuse may lead to limited dependence.
Marijuana
Hashish
Hashish Oil
First Offense

Class 3 Misdemeanor

10 Days in Jail or
Suspended Sentence
Second Offense

Class 2 Misdemeanor

30 Days in Jail

Illegal Trafficking Penalties

 

Marijuana

10 - 49 lbs.Class H Felony
25 – 30 Months
$5,000 Fine
50 - 1,999 lbs.Class G Felony
35 – 42 Months
$25,000 Fine
2,000 - 9,999 lbs.Class F Felony
70 – 84 Months
$50,000 Fine
10,000 lbs. or moreClass D Felony
175 – 219 Months
$200,000 Fine

Heroin

4 – 13 gramsClass F Felony
70 – 84 Months
$50,000 Fine
14 – 27 gramsClass E Felony
90 – 117 Months
$100,000 Fine
28 grams or more Class C Felony
225 – 279 Months
$250,000 Fine

Cocaine

28 – 199 gramsClass G Felony
35 – 42 Months
$50,000 Fine
200 – 399 gramsClass F Felony
70 – 87 Months
$100,000 Fine
400 grams or moreClass D Felony
175 – 219 Months
$250,000 Fine

Methamphetamines

28 – 199 gramsClass F Felony
70 – 84 Months
$50,000 Fine
200 – 399 gramsClass E Felony
90 – 117 Months
$100,000 Fine
400 grams or moreClass C Felony
225 – 279 Months
$250,000 Fine

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