North Carolina Farmers Hold Their Breath: Industrial Hemp Cultivation Could Be Legal By Saturday Morning| 0
Provided Gov. Pat McCrory doesn’t issue a last-minute veto on Friday, farmers in North Carolina will rise and shine on Saturday morning to a new political reality: The cultivation of Industrial hemp will have become legal as of 12:01 AM in The Tar Heel State.
During the final days of the September session, elected officials in North Carolina passed a somewhat controversial piece of hemp legislation.
Fearful of its cousin’s bad reputation, hemp has largely been kept illegal in North Carolina due to the willful ignorance of many politicians. Confused by the plants relationship to marijuana and perplexed by its low THC percentage, legislators have remained blissfully uninformed to the fact that hemp lacks the psychoactive punch of its high THC cousin.
Putting their fear of the unknown aside, North Carolina’s politicians and sheriff’s association have demonstrated strong support for the forward-looking legislation. Comforted by the notion that any would-be industrial hemp farmers would need a cultivation permit –– granted by a new state Industrial Hemp Commission.
And as the home to one of the country’s largest decortication plants, North Carolina’s facility in Spring Hope looks forward to employing many of Nash County’s residents as it processes state grown hemp for marketing to textile manufacturers around the globe.
According to CNN money, Hemp, Inc., looks forward to employing approximately 200 people at the Spring Hope facility. Until now, the North Carolina plant has been processing kenaf — preparing to shift to industrial hemp once farmers are given the green light to produce their valuable crops.
Not only will North Carolina’s newest cash crop be utilized for the production of textiles, paper products and renewable car parts, the holistic oil extracted from the industrial hemp plant will then be utilized in the treatment of pediatric epilepsy. Primarily thanks to North Carolina’s new law, signed by McCrory in July, which permits neurologists to recommend CBD oil to patients in need.
Should McCrory either sign the hemp bill into law, or ignore it entirely as expected, industrial hemp cultivation in the state of North Carolina will become legal first thing Saturday morning. At which point the N.C. hemp association will need to cultivate approximately $ 200,000 to fund the creation of their new Industrial Hemp Commission. Created specifically for the regulation of North Carolina’s dopest new crop.