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2019 Marijuana Packaging Law Updates

North Carolina may become the next state to legalize marijuana along with the 33 other states that have legalized marijuana-recreationally or medically. Currently, North Carolina’s Controlled Substances Act classifies marijuana as a Schedule IV drug. Compared to drugs classified under Schedules I-II, the penalty for being in possession of marijuana in North Carolina is comparatively lower.

Although North Carolina’s Governor signed HB 766 (a medical marijuana bill) into law, there are no clear guidelines on how patients may purchase medical marijuana under HB 766. Bill HB 766 allows children and other qualified individuals to use hemp oil and extract for certain conditions such as epilepsy.

For recreational marijuana, individuals found in possession of marijuana in the amount of less than half an ounce could face a misdemeanor offence and a fine of up to $200 (maximum). Individuals with over 1.5 ounces and less than 10 lbs of marijuana could face a felony and 3-8 months of incarceration.

While North Carolina continues to grapple with the issue of medical cannabis, we will continue to provide you with upcoming updates on Nebraska’s marijuana packaging and marijuana labeling laws.

2018 Marijuana Packaging Law Updates

Many states still follow US Federal guidelines for cannabis, classifying it as an illegal drug with no medicinal value and addictive qualities. North Carolina is one of those states, considering cannabis as a Schedule I narcotic. A Schedule 1 narcotic is a drug with “no health benefits and a high potential for abuse.” The “no health benefits” part of that statement is what most cannabis activists are trying to challenge. Despite that, individuals can still face charges if they’re in possession of cannabis, and legal consequences can be more severe if the amount of cannabis is over what is considered enough for “personal use.”

Current Medical Cannabis Laws

Lawmakers in many states, including the Tar Heel State, are still working with lobbyists, scientists, and law enforcement to decide on the question of legal cannabis in the state. The question may also be put to voters to decide, depending on the state laws. Many states begin the path toward legalizing cannabis by relaxing possession laws, so you should check with North Carolina state government  to see current laws and regulations regarding cannabis dispensaries in the state.

Current Cannabis Research

Scientists have been studying the chemicals that create the physical and mental effects of cannabis, called cannabinoids. They have isolated the chemical (THC) that causes the mental impairment, intoxication, and occasional anxiety many experience with cannabis use. The other major chemical is cannabidiol, or CBD. While THC is illegal in all states, the legality of CBD varies state by state.

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