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North Carolina Schedules, Controlled Substances & Penalties for Possession

The Schedules, Controlled Substances and Penalties for Possession listed below describe the schedule system, gives examples of drugs in each schedule, and outlines the minimum punishment for possession of any amount of the substance.  The punishments for illegally trafficking controlled substances are much more severe than those for possession.  The Illegal Trafficking Penalties listed below describe the minimum amount of controlled substance that one must possess in order to be charged with trafficking.

Schedules, Controlled Substances and Penalties for Possession

Schedule I

Has a high potential for abuse.  Has no medical use.  Has a lack of accepted safety.
Heroine, Ecstasy, GHB, Methaqualone, Peyote, Opiates (and others)
First Offense - Class 1 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 psychologial 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 1 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 Steriods, Some Barbituates (and others)
First Offense - Class 1, 45 Days in Jail
Second Offense - Class 1 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 1 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 more Class D Felony
175 - 219 Months
$200,000 Fine

 

Heroine

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

 

Cocaine

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

 

Methamphetamines

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