In North Carolina, the State Crime Lab can’t tell the difference between illegal weed and legal hemp. They’re both cannabis.  The State has to pay for an expensive private lab test to prove the difference. And the State doesn’t have the money for that. They have real crimes to solve.

Protect your rights. You have the right to remain silent.

Don’t admit anything. Don’t give away your rights.

Make them prove it. Make them test the cannabis.


But Sometimes,
Do Plead to Weed

In many counties, you can get a deferred prosecution for a first-time misdemeanor weed charge.

Often, this will be your best option.

With a deferred prosecution, you won’t have a conviction on your record.

Talk to your attorney. Show your attorney this website. Consider all your options.

About This Campaign

Emancipate NC supports the people of North Carolina as they free themselves from mass incarceration and structural racism. Don’t Plead to Weed is an Emancipate NC campaign.

Weed is less dangerous than alcohol, but it is criminalized in North Carolina because of racism and xenophobia. The smell of weed is an excuse for police to harass Black and Brown people and search their cars. Take back your rights. Make them prove whether cannabis is legal hemp or illegal marijuana.

We are not YOUR lawyer. Please consult YOUR lawyer about your case.

Know Your Rights

If you are stopped or pulled over by police, you can pull up our digital card to remind you of your rights. Simply repeat what is on the card to protect yourself.