The new law, which was approved overwhelmingly in the state’s legislature, establishes an industrial hemp commission tasked with licensing hemp farmers and overseeing a hemp pilot program. The new law will allow hemp to be legally cultivated in North Carolina for the first time in decades.
North Carolina’s full Senate – with an 101 to 7 vote – has given approval to an amended version of Senate Bill 313, which allows industrial hemp to be cultivated in the state for the first time in decades. Having already passed the House of Representatives, it now heads to Governor Pat McCrory for consideration.
If signed into law by Governor McCrory, or allowed to become law without his signature, the measure would establish an Industrial Hemp Commission which would oversee a hemp pilot program. The commission would be tasked with granting licenses to farmers as well as the state’s A&T University to cultivate industrial hemp.