What are drug schedules in North Carolina?
The legality of possessing drugs and other substances depends on whether or not the substance is listed as one that is controlled or listed by statute. In North Carolina, drugs and controlled substances are separated into statutorily defined groups called schedules. Drugs are placed into their particular schedule and classified based on individual characteristics of the substance. The factors that guide the classification of drugs include whether or not the substance has any medically accepted uses, its potential for abuse, and its probability of causing addiction. Currently in North Carolina, there are two separate drug schedules that can apply to controlled substances in the state. Under federal law, the Controlled Substance Act has only five federal drug schedules while under state law, the North Carolina Controlled Substance Act has six. Every schedule has unique regulations relating to its possession, sales, use, production, with some schedules having much more severe penalties than others.