North Carolina Medical Marijuana Patient Information

What Conditions can Medical Marijuana be used for in North Carolina?

In North Carolina, the only condition for which it is legal to use cannabis extracts as a medical treatment is intractable epilepsy. Intractable epilepsy is a chronic seizure disorder, more common in children, that has not responded or no longer responds to conventional medication.

What does an MMJ Card Permit in North Carolina?

Medical marijuana is illegal in North Carolina, and the state does not issue medical marijuana cards. However, if North Carolina does decide to legalize medical marijuana and give MMJ cards, those who apply for them will get access to the following benefits:

  • Limited access to medical marijuana: Individuals dealing with debilitating health conditions cannot currently access medical marijuana in North Carolina. If the state legalized medical cannabis, these people would be able to buy and use dry herbs, pills, oils, gels, creams, ointments, tinctures, liquid, and non-whole plant forms.
  • Effective and safe treatment: Currently, individuals with debilitating health conditions must rely on pharmaceutical products to treat their illnesses. However, many of these products come with dangerous side effects, and few are wholly adequate. Cannabis, however, has been employed as a treatment for complex ailments for more than two millennia and has fewer side effects than chemically-created alternatives.
  • Considerable pain reduction: Cannabinoids, one of the active components in cannabis, reroutes pain perception pathways in the human brain - thus reducing pain sensitivity. This effect is especially beneficial for persons that are experiencing chronic pain.
  • Legal backing: Cannabis is currently illegal in North Carolina. Thus, anyone carrying cannabis in the state is liable to be arrested and charged. If the state were to legalize medical marijuana, patients would be able to purchase and treat their conditions using medical cannabis legally.

How Long is a North Carolina Medical Marijuana Card Valid?

North Carolina does not currently issue medical marijuana cards, as cannabis is illegal. However, most states that issue medical marijuana cards give them a 1 - 3 year validity period.

Does North Carolina have Medical Marijuana Reciprocity?

No. Cannabis is illegal, and tourists or visitors may not purchase medical cannabis in North Carolina - even if they have medical marijuana cards from out of state.

Is an MMIC Valid outside of North Carolina?

North Carolina does not issue medical marijuana cards.

However, in certain states where medical marijuana is legal, visitors with out-of-state medical marijuana cards may purchase medical cannabis through a medical marijuana reciprocity program. Some states, however, do not allow visitors with out-of-state medical marijuana cards to get medical cannabis. The list of states currently offering medical marijuana reciprocity include:

Does North Carolina Accept Medical Marijuana Cards issued by another State?

North Carolina does not accept medical marijuana cards issued in other states. As the state does not currently allow marijuana use, out-of-state visitors may not buy or use medical cannabis - even if the card is legally from another state.

Does a North Carolina MMIC Protect Me Under Federal Law?

Marijuana purchase and use are illegal under federal law. The same is also true under North Carolina law. The state does not issue medical marijuana identification cards, and anyone found buying or using marijuana in North Carolina is subject to prosecution under state and federal law.

North Carolina Marijuana Patient Information