How you are charged depends largely on what type of substance was found in your possession and how much. The federal government adopted a classification system based on “schedules”. North Carolina statutes revolve around these schedules.
Schedule I drugs include those that are the most dangerous and have a high risk of addiction or dependency and no legitimate medical use. Drugs included under this heading include LSD, ecstasy, heroin and mescaline.
Schedule II substances still have a high risk of abuse but may have legitimate medical uses. These include things like opium, cocaine, methadone, methamphetamines, and amphetamines.
Schedule III drugs are slightly less dangerous than Schedule II substances, but still have a moderate risk of abuse. Schedule III substances include anabolic steroids, testosterone, ketamine, and some depressants.
Schedule IV drugs have a slight risk of dependency and have very acceptable medical uses. Some Schedule IV drugs are valium, xanax, tranquilizers, and sedatives.
Schedule V substances have a very low risk of dependency and include things like Tylenol with Codeine.
Schedule VI substances, like schedule V, have no medical use, according to the Government, and a very low risk of dependency. Marijuana is included in this schedule, but it should be noted, that it is a schedule 1 drug in the federal system.
North Carolina Drug Possession Penalties
The following chart represents your potential sentence if you are charged with a first offense drug possession charge under North Carolina drug laws.
The potential sentences are:
Probation and or Suspended Sentences are expressly forbidden for these offenses. North Carolina does not have parole, early release, good time or gain time. If you receive one of these sentences, you will serve the full amount.
Category Weight Duration Fine