IMPORTANT! Please Help Us Pass Legislation to Permanently Legalize Hemp and Hemp Products
"The 113th Congress made significant changes to U.S. policies regarding industrial hemp during the omnibus farm bill debate. The Agricultural Act of 2014 (P.L. 113-79) provided that certain research institutions and state departments of agriculture may grow industrial hemp, as part of an agricultural pilot program, if allowed under state laws where the institution or state department of agriculture is located. The FY2015 appropriations (P.L. 113-235) further blocked federal law enforcement authorities from interfering with state agencies, growers, and agricultural research. (From "Hemp as an agricultural commodity," Congressional Research Service)
Hemp production has been legalized in North Carolina, but only as part of the state's pilot program as allowed under federal law. As such, it will still be awhile before the first fields are planted (update: the first hemp plots were planted in harvested in the Summer of 2017). The N.C. General Assembly passed Senate Bill 313 in 2015, allowing the Industrial Hemp Commission to develop the rules and licensing structure necessary to stay within federal laws. The law was modified in 2016 in House Bill 992. The Industrial Hemp Commission adopted temporary rules for review in February 2017. The Rules Review Commission of the Office of Administrative Hearings voted to approve these rules Feb. 16." Source: www.ncagr.gov/hemp/
UPDATE: North Carolina, along with Colorado, Kentucky, Oregon, and several other states have all shown success in growing and marketing industrial hemp-derived products under their respective pilot programs, as set forth by the 2014 Farm Bill. It is now time for Congress to act and pass the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, with huge bipartisan support across the spectrum. We are excited for what this means for the industry and look forward to offering more NC based products moving forward as the federal regulatory constraints are lifted on this amazing crop. Stop in to learn more about what hemp and it's derivatives can do for you.