North Carolina Cannabis History
Marijuana use is currently prohibited in all forms in North Carolina, with the exception of hemp-derived CBD with less than 0.3% THC, which is legal at the federal level. North Carolina allows the cultivation and production of hemp under the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, established in 2014.
Also in 2014, House Bill 220, or the Epilepsy Alternative Treatment Act passed, allowing patients with epilepsy to use hemp extract with less than 0.9% THC and at least 5% CBD.
North Carolina Child-Resistant Packaging Rules
Like all states that authorize the use of CBD products, North Carolina mandates that the packaging is child-resistant and labeled in accordance with the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (“FDCA”). Under the FDCA, the labels of any product sold in the United States, including child-resistant CBD and marijuana packaging, must contain four basic elements:
- 1. An identity statement saying what the product is
- 2. The net weight
- 3. An ingredient list, with hemp, CBD, and THC clearly identified
- 4. The name and address of the manufacturer/distributor.
Child-resistant packaging rules apply to the CBD products currently available as a way to safeguard children while making medicines accessible to the elderly, much like prescription medicines. The Poison Prevention Packaging Act establishes the standards for child-safe packaging on many products, including those containing medical and recreational marijuana products.
Useful Links for North Carolina Cannabis Regulations
North Carolina Marijuana Laws and Penalties
North Carolina Opinions about Marijuana Poll
NC Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice Report 2020
North Carolina House Bill 290, which would make certain drug offenses violations
North Carolina Cannabis Growers Application
Industrial Hemp Pilot Program in North Carolina FAQ
Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program Application
Editor's Note: Status as of 4/5/2021
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