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Win! Industrial Hemp Now Legal in North Carolina

Published on November 7, 2015 by   ·   1 Comment

North Carolina hemp legalization

 Mike Barrett /

Numerous industries would benefit from the industrialization of hemp as they once did in America. But thanks to the federal government, this widely-diverse crop has been highly underutilized, even despite the fact that it is entirely different than psychoactive marijuana.But now in a huge game-changing move for the US, North Carolina has recently legalized the cultivation and manufacturing of industrial hemp.

Spring Hope, North Carolina has one of the only large hemp decortication plants in the US. Decortication is the process of stripping the bark (long fiber) from the stalks, allowing the crop to be better utilized for production. Say hello to more clothing, jewelry, rope, fuel, and much more derived from hemp.

The North Carolina plant hasn’t been able to process hemp because of obvious legal issues. Though it will now be able to process a whopping 40 million pounds of hemp each year, paving way for long-awaited production and employment opportunities.

On October 31, 2015 Governor Pat McCrory passed Senate Bill 313, allowing farmers in North Carolina to wake up in the morning with a new option for growing crops. Industrial hemp production became legal at the stroke of midnight.

The bill passed the House and Senate in late September by a vote of 101-7 and 42-2, respectively. It has been, until just recently, awaiting Governor Pat McCrory to sign it into law.

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