North Carolina Makes Hemp Permanently Legal
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper recently signed into law Senate Bill 455, which permanently excludes hemp from the state controlled substances act. This signature came at the last minute on June 30, one day before the temporary legalization of hemp was set to expire.
Governor Cooper made the following statement regarding Senate Bill 455: “Agriculture is North Carolina’s largest industry and giving North Carolina farmers certainty that they can continue to participate in this growing market is the right thing to do for rural communities and our economy.”
The state’s House had approved the bill in early June but it remained stalled until the end of the month in the Senate Rules Committee.
According to the new law, “hemp” means the plant Cannabis sativa (L.) and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) on a dry weight basis. “Hemp products” means all products made from hemp, including, but not limited to, cloth, cordage, fiber, food, fuel, paint, paper, particleboard, plastics, seed, seed meal and seed oil for consumption, and verified propagules for cultivation if the seeds originate from hemp varieties.