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If you are looking to grow marijuana in North Carolina, you will need to focus on quality, not quantity. Don’t grow a lot of plants, grow a few good ones. I say this because it is not legal to grow weed in North Carolina, but small possession of marijuana has been decriminalized.
Decriminalization, for those that are not familiar with it, means it is a misdemeanor rather than a crime to have marijuana in your possession.
North Carolina has decriminalized up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana. You will pay a high fine if you are caught in possession of it, but you most likely not go to jail.
Growing marijuana in North Carolina
Growing weed and having marijuana is an entirely different thing. The good news is: North Carolina is also quite relaxed when it comes to growing weed. Unlike many non-medical states, (including its neighbors), North Carolina has reduced the penalty for growing small amounts of marijuana. Those who grow less than 10 pounds could spend months, not years, in jail.
That was pounds, not ounces.
For that reason, if you plan to grow weed in North Carolina for your own personal use, you should keep your weed garden very small. It may reduce the chance for any trouble, especially if you haven’t gotten in trouble for marijuana before.
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Tough Marijuana Laws
Like many non-medical states, North Carolina is concerned about drug dealers. For that reason, they have very high penalties for those they think are selling weed. If you have a room full of marijuana plants, it will be hard convincing anyone that you are not selling some of them. That will get you in trouble quicker than walking down the road with a joint.
Marijuana in North Carolina is gaining some acceptance, but it is not fully okay. Therefore, to grow weed in North Carolina you need to be discrete and intelligent about it.
Medical Marijuana in North Carolina
Marijuana has not legalized the use of medical marijuana but it has approved CBD extracts. CBD extracts are currently approved for intractable epilepsy. CBD extracts are made from plants with high amounts of CBD and low amounts (less than .3%) of THC. They have not licensed home cultivation for medical use. You can purchase high CBD seeds in the store.
North Carolina also has a marijuana tax that those caught with the plant will have to pay. Currently it is $.40/gram. Those in possession of marijuana, including those who grow weed in North Carolina, are expected to purchase stamps showing proof that they have paid this tax. Purchasing these stamps are not supposed to put the user at any risk of arrest, and they do prevent further charges for not having paid the tax. If cops find marijuana on you, and there is no proof the tax has been paid, there are additional charges.
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FAQs About Growing Marijuana in North Carolina
North Carolina has decriminalized up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana.
Marijuana has not legalized the use of medical marijuana but it has approved CBD extracts. CBD extracts are currently approved for intractable epilepsy.
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