NC Senator Paul Lowe filed a bill that would make it legal to possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana for personal use in North Carolina. Currently, possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana is a Class 3 misdemeanor. The bill would exempt up to 3 ounces of marijuana from being considered a controlled substance -effectively making it legal to possess up to three ounces of marijuana for personal use.
The bill has a long way to go but it’s an important step in decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana for personal use.
Senate Bill 58 would also raise the weight of marijuana an individual can possess from 1.5 ounces to a pound before it qualifies as a Class 1 felony, which is punishable by an active sentence of up to five months.
The bill also provides for expungements of convictions for those convicted of possessing less than four ounces of marijuana. There would be a $100 cost to file the expungement petition. If an expunction is granted, all law enforcement agencies would be required to expunge their records of the low level drug conviction as well.