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North Carolina’s Controlled Substances Chart


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

Table Cell
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.
  • 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
Metham-
phetamines
  • 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