Bills introduced to decriminalize and allow expungement of 0.5 oz (14 g) and below, currently remains a Misdemeanor with no jail time and a max of a $200 fine. 0.5 oz (14 g) to 1.5 oz (43 g) is a misdemeanor with 1–45 days of jail and a max of $1000 fine. 1.5 oz (43 g) to 10 lb (4.5 kg) is a felony with 3–8 months of jail and a max of $1000 fine. 10 lb (4.5 kg) and up is generally considered intent to sell which holds greater jail time and fines maxing at 14.5–18 years jail time and $100,000 in fines. Intent to sell also holds stricter consequences than possession and is a felony no matter the weight (weight determines punishment severity).
A Medical Marijuana bill was introduced in May, 2014, but was killed by the House Committee in March, 2015. Additionally, the House Committee issued an "unfavorable report", which blocks the House from considering bills with Medical Marijuana components for the next 2 years. Non-psychoactive cannabis has essentially become legalized, but special seeds of very specific low THC strains (industrial hemp) and licensing must be purchased from the state.  In July 2015, the Governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory signed a bill into law that allows the use of a marijuana extract for treating children with severe epilepsy.
Hemp has been legalized, however, one must procure seeds from the state along with proper licensing, and only very low THC (less than 1%) is allowed to be legally grown. Cannabidiol and non-psychoactive cannabinoids are essentially legal. Hemp edibles are now a common sight in health food stores, such as hemp burgers, hemp oil and hemp seed extract. CBD oil is legal to purchase and use, and is being investigated by researchers across the state for its anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.