Yes, medical marijuana is legal in North Carolina. However, the state only permits very limited medical cannabis usage. North Carolina legalized medical marijuana in 2015 through House Bill 766 (the North Carolina Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act). Per the provisions of this Act, medical marijuana patients diagnosed with intractable epilepsy can legally use marijuana products containing less than 0.9% of tetrahydrocannabinol (low-THC cannabis). The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) administers the state's medical marijuana program.
There are no provisions for obtaining medical marijuana cards in North Carolina. Medical marijuana is illegal in the state.
Only registered medical marijuana patients diagnosed with intractable epilepsy and their caregivers can legally possess low-THC cannabis products for medical use in North Carolina. However, House Bill 766 does not provide guidelines for the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state or specify how registered medical marijuana patients can obtain cannabis products. Therefore, registered marijuana patients with intractable epilepsy are limited to buying hemp-derived products which can only contain a maximum of 0.3% of THC. Nevertheless, when registered medical marijuana patients from North Carolina visit other states in the US that permit cannabis sale to out-of-state patients, they may purchase and use marijuana products.
No. Medical marijuana cards are not issued in North Carolina.
Only patients with intractable epilepsy are permitted to use CBD extracts containing no more than 0.9% THC and a minimum of 5% CBD by weight. Such patients must have their adult caregivers register with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Prior to their registrations, they must obtain a written certification from a state-licensed neurologist affiliated with the neurology department of a North Carolina-licensed hospital. No registration cards are issued for participants in the medical CBD program.
Medical marijuana cards are issued in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) does not issue medical marijuana cards to medical marijuana patients in the state. Therefore, qualifying patients are not required to pay for medical marijuana cards. Also, caregivers are not required to pay before obtaining letters of approval from the NCDHHS.
The North Carolina Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act does not permit the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. Therefore, there are no medical marijuana dispensaries in North Carolina where qualifying patients can obtain cannabis products.
Before a person can legally use low-THC cannabis products for medical reasons in North Carolina, they must see a neurologist. As stipulated in House Bill 766, a neurologist may recommend medical marijuana for a patient if they diagnose the patient with intractable epilepsy and consider medical marijuana treatment beneficial to them. Nevertheless, this individual must have a caregiver who is their parent, legal guardian, or custodian before they can enroll in the state's medical marijuana program as a patient. North Carolina does not have a registry of licensed neurologists that can recommend medical marijuana treatment in the state. According to House Bill 766, any North Carolina-licensed neurologist may recommend medical cannabis for eligible patients.
There is no age limit for medical marijuana use in North Carolina. However, per House Bill 766, a minor with intractable epilepsy requires approval, from their parent, guardian, or legal custodian who will be their caregiver, before seeking access to medical marijuana.
No. North Carolina does not issue medical marijuana cards to adults or minors. Therefore, even patients qualified to use low-THC marijuana in the state cannot look forward to getting medical marijuana cards when they turn 18.
House Bill 766 does not require medical marijuana patients in North Carolina to obtain identification cards from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). Therefore, there is no guideline for medical marijuana card renewals in the state.
In North Carolina, it is illegal for registered medical marijuana patients or caregivers to cultivate cannabis plants at home. Per Section 90.94 of the North Carolina General Statutes, marijuana is a Schedule VI controlled substance. Therefore, in line with Section 90.95 of the North Carolina General Statutes, anyone growing marijuana plants in the state risks facing severe penalties.
Medical marijuana caregivers are individuals who can assist qualified medical marijuana patients in administering medical marijuana and possess cannabis products for their patients' use. The provisions of House Bill 766 make it compulsory for medical marijuana patients in North Carolina to have caregivers. However, the state does not assign caregivers to medical cannabis patients. For a person to be a medical marijuana patient's caregiver, they must be the patient's legal guardian, parent, or custodian. Also, a medical marijuana caregiver in North Carolina must be resident in the state, be 18 years or older, and have a written statement from a licensed neurologist stating that:
Medical marijuana caregivers in North Carolina are required to register with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and obtain letters of approval before they can operate legally. House Bill 766 does not limit the number of medical marijuana patients that caregivers are allowed to manage.
North Carolina has not legalized medical marijuana and does not offer medical marijuana reciprocity to out-of-state medical marijuana patients.
There are currently no provisions for medical marijuana in North Carolina. It is illegal to use or possess medical marijuana in the state.
Medical marijuana is banned in North Carolina.
Medical marijuana cards are not issued in the state. North Carolina prohibits medical marijuana.
There are no legal marijuana dispensaries in North Carolina since marijuana, even for medical purposes, is illegal in the state.