North Carolina Hemp Business & Legal News

South Carolina traffic stop underscores problems of transportation protocols for police, hemp industry

Police in South Carolina are saying suspicious behavior by drivers, unprofessional shipping practices and unsatisfactory paperwork caused them to seize a 183-pound shipment of hemp in December that they thought was marijuana. But the Texas hemp distributor who bought the hemp and the North Carolina supplier are saying the police aren’t being truthful – about […]

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To help change USDA hemp rules, producers turn to state regulators, US Congress

Looking for allies to loosen federal hemp restrictions, professionals in the hemp industry are teaming with state agriculture authorities and members of the U.S. Congress to push for change in areas such as hemp sampling and testing. Now that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the comment period on federal production rules, it’s wise […]

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North Carolina lawmakers settle on 2020 for ban on smokable hemp

North Carolina officials have agreed to ban smokable hemp production starting next summer. House and Senate negotiators finished work late Monday on a bill that includes the ban. The measure now awaits a final procedural vote before heading to the desk of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who has not said whether he supports or opposes the […]

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NC awards economic development grant to new hemp processing plant

North Carolina is giving a hemp processor $100,000 to set up a new facility. Carolina Botanicals, a commercial processor of hemp biomass, will invest $3.46 million in its new processing plant in Tabor City, in Southeastern North Carolina. The plant is projected to create 30 jobs. The $100,000 grant comes from the One North Carolina […]

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Four takeaways from the latest round of federal CBD warning letters

The young CBD industry is growing accustomed to federal health authorities warning companies not to make medical claims about the cannabinoid. But a round of warning letters this week from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – the consumer-protection agency that safeguards against unfair and deceptive advertising – served as a reminder that as CBD goes […]

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Smokable hemp ban step closer to adoption in North Carolina

North Carolina lawmakers are moving closer to banning smokable hemp starting late next year. An agricultural bill that includes a ban on selling smokable hemp products, beginning in December 2020, passed in the state House Wednesday, WRAL-TV reported. The measure has already passed the North Carolina Senate, though changes in the bill mean the Senate […]

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North Carolina lawmakers vote to delay smokable hemp ban

Another set of policymakers in North Carolina has signed off on banning smokable hemp until December 2020 in hopes that tests will be developed by then to distinguish the plant from marijuana. The state House Judiciary Committee voted to approve the original measure passed by the Senate, which would make smokable hemp legal until December […]

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Smokable hemp ban in North Carolina could be law by December

The North Carolina House Agriculture Committee approved a bill that supports a ban on smokable hemp. The House committee on Friday moved the legislation forward, including a smokable hemp ban that would take effect Dec.1. The ban, part of a bill outlining the state’s hemp program in accordance with the 2018 Farm Bill, passed the […]

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North Carolina considers ban on smokable hemp

North Carolina is considering a ban on smokable hemp, but farmers say that would stifle market opportunity in a fast-growing new industry. The ban is part of a bill outlining North Carolina’s industrial hemp pilot program. The state’s Bureau of Investigation is pushing for the ban, saying it’s difficult for law enforcement to discern smokable hemp […]

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