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Hemp, the non-psychoactive relative of marijuana, is legal across the United States under the 2018 Farm Bill -- as long as it contains no more than 0.3% THC. But North Carolina law enforcement and district attorneys are pushing state lawmakers to ban the plant’s smokable form because they say it is impossible to distinguish from marijuana, which is illegal federally.

NC Proposes Smokable Hemp Ban As Demand Grows

Jul 4, 2019
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CLIMAX, N.C. -- North Carolina is the latest state considering a ban on smokable hemp, a product that's exploding along with the health craze surrounding a compound in the plant known as CBD.

North Carolina farmers have voiced opposition to a proposed ban on smokable hemp, saying it would keep them from capitalizing on the fast-growing hemp industry.

The bill containing the ban passed the state Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday and seeks to expand the state's pilot hemp farming program.

More participants in a pilot program for industrial hemp farming in North Carolina could  be chosen on Monday afternoon. North Carolina's Industrial Hemp Commission, created two years ago, adopted temporary rules in February to allow farmers and universities to grow hemp and research its uses.