Last year, members of Congress approved language in the omnibus federal Farm Bill explicitly authorizing states to sponsor hemp research absent federal reclassification of the plant. Presently, 25 states have enacted legislation permitting licensed hemp cultivation in a manner that is compliant with this statute. North Carolina has just joined the effort.
. . . an act to establish a pilot program for hemp cultivation in North Carolina has become law absent the Governor’s signature.
The legislation declares, “The General Assembly finds and declares that it is in the best interest of the citizens of North Carolina to promote and encourage the development of an industrial hemp industry in the State in order to expand employment, promote economic activity, and provide opportunities to small farmers for an environmentally sustainable and profitable use of crop lands that might otherwise be lost to agricultural production.”
It establishes a Commission to “establish procedures…for agricultural or academic research and to collaborate and coordinate research efforts with the appropriate departments or programs of North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University.”
Read the original post HERE.
Just so it is clear, North Carolina’s governor did not approve or veto this bill. He just let it become law. Okay…we’ll take a win wherever we can. But, isn’t that just sad?
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