Legislation designed to further develop North Carolina’s fast-growing hemp industry, increase agritourism and make it easier for industrial-scale hog farms to overhaul their open-air waste storage systems has cleared the state Senate.
The legislature’s annual “Farm Act” passed on Monday after floor debate by a 31-14 vote. It now goes to the House.
The bill’s proposed ban on smokable hemp in December 2020 has received a lot of attention during committee debates.
Smokable hemp doesn’t produce a high, but it looks and smells a lot like marijuana, which law enforcement says is a problem.
Many hemp farmers in the state have previously spoken up against the ban and say smokable hemp can sell for as much as $1,000 per pound.