NC Controlled Substances

Controlled substances in North Carolina are categorized into schedules, which are not always identical to the federal schedules for the same substances. Schedule I drugs are considered to be the most serious and carry the highest penalties.

NC Controlled Substances Chart

Schedule I Has a “high potential for abuse”; no medical use; lack of accepted safety.

 

  • Heroin
  • Ecstasy
  • LSD
  • GHB
  • Methaqualone
  • Peyote
  • Opiates
  • (and others)
First Offense:

Class I Felony

4-5 Months

Schedule II Has a high potential for abuse; 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 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 & 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 & accepted medical use; abuse may lead to limited dependence.
  • OTC cough medicines w/ codeine
  • (and others)
First Offense:

Class 2 Misdemeanor

30 Days in Jail

Second Offense Class 1 Misd.

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 Misdmeanor

10 Days in Jail or Suspended Sentence

Second Offense Class 2 Misd.

30 Days in Jail

 

Drug Trafficking Penalties

Marijuana
  • 10 – 49 lbs.
  • 50 – 1,999 lbs.
  • 2,000 – 9,999 lbs.
  • 10,000 lbs. or more
  • Class H Felony 25 – 30 Months
  • Class G Felony 35 – 42 Months
  • Class F Felony 70 – 84 Months
  • Class D Felony 175 – 219 Months
  • $5,000 Fine
  • $25,000 Fine
  • $50,000 Fine
  • $200,000 Fine
Heroin
  • 4 – 13 grams
  • 14 – 27 grams
  • 28 grams or more
  • Class F Felony 70 – 84 Months
  • Class E Felony 90 – 117 Months
  • Class C Felony 225 – 279 Months
  • $50,000 Fine
  • $100,000 Fine
  • $250,000 Fine
Cocaine
  • 28 – 199 grams
  • 200 – 399 grams
  • 400 grams or more
  • Class G Felony 35 – 42 Months
  • Class F Felony 70 – 87 Months
  • Class D Felony 175 – 219 Months
  • $50,000 Fine
  • $100,000 Fine
  • $250,000 Fine
Methamphetamines
  • 28 – 199 grams
  • 200 – 399 grams
  • 400 grams or more
  • Class F Felony 70 – 84 Months
  • Class E Felony 90 – 117 Months
  • Class C Felony 225 – 279 Months
  • $50,000 Fine
  • $100,000 Fine
  • $250,000 Fine

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