A new state has joined the ranks of those ready to start a legal and well-considered plan for how to implement hemp
Considering industrial hemp was legalized in 2018, it may strike some as surprising that states need to receive further affirmation from the USDA to start planting. The state provided the plan for hemp guidance after the draft passed 86-34 in the North Carolina House and the Senate approved it Thursday.
According to U.S. News and World Report, the North Carolina plan is now waiting for approval from Governor Roy Cooper.
Of course, some planters already began to harvest the crop used for CBD across the U.S. without the USDA in 2019, as is consonant with other bottom-up changes in cannabis legalization.
However, the USDA and other federal agencies have made clear that they want more clarity about the active marijuana-ingredient THC contents within industrial hemp harvests.
THC levels are hard-capped at 0.3% per hemp crop, and these levels have caused major rifts among hemp farmers who are divided about whether accurate testing and hedging against “hot” hemp crops are even possible.
Many stand to gain from clearer rules regarding hemp in North Carolina and other states.
According to Market Watch, Hemp, Inc. recently struck a deal with the Chinese government, which agreed to pay over $12 billion more on American farm imports like hemp compared to 2017.
The Chinese agreement zeroes in on non-CBD uses of hemp, like rope-making and textiles, which allow for maximum use of the crop in its raw form.
"Fiber hemp is low risk and less labor intensive than hemp for CBD. We grow much of our industrial hemp in North Carolina and strongly believe we are equipped to supply hemp through our own operations and the partnerships we have across the country," Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin told Market Watch.
"The Chinese market for hemp is huge and participating as a supplier not only helps the progress and reputation of U.S. hemp but it also opens up so many more avenues of participating in the global hemp market."
People love to use CBD for their chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and other issues, so the uses hardly end at its raw material benefits.