Industrial Hemp become legal in N.C.

WHAT THE HEMP: Despite hemp's continued federal classification as a Schedule I controlled substance, states are allowed to enact laws surrounding the farming of industrial hemp. Smiling Hara Tempeh owner Chad Oliphant, second from left, and Kentucky farmer Mike Lewis, fourth from left, are pictured with other hemp advocates after harvesting the newly legalized crop in Kentucky. Oliphant and Lewis were introduced through Accelerating Appalachia's network of nature-based business owners.
WHAT THE HEMP: Despite hemp’s continued federal classification as a Schedule I controlled substance, states are allowed to enact laws surrounding the farming of industrial hemp. Smiling Hara Tempeh owner Chad Oliphant, second from left, and Kentucky farmer Mike Lewis, fourth from left, are pictured with other hemp advocates after harvesting the newly legalized crop in Kentucky. Oliphant and Lewis were introduced through Accelerating Appalachia’s network of nature-based business owners. Image courtesy of Oliphant

UPDATE: On Friday, Oct. 30, Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement announcing the legalization of industrial hemp cultivation along with his reasons for allowing the Industrial Hemp Bill to become law without his signature.

“After discussion with Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, I have decided to allow Senate Bill 313 to become law without my signature. Despite the bill’s good intentions, there are legitimate concerns I would like to address,” reads a press release from McCrory. Read the full release here.

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