Lawmakers in North Carolina are considering a bill that would allow farmers in the state to grow hemp. The measure, the North Carolina Farm Act of 2019 (Senate Bill 315), would classify hemp as a “viable agricultural commodity” and permit farmers to cultivate and sell the crop.
Hemp agriculture was legalized at the federal level last year with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which requires the states to regulate production. Senate Bill 315 would establish the North Carolina Hemp Commission and task the new body with creating regulations and issuing licenses to farmers. The bill was approved by the Senate Committee on Finance on Wednesday and then referred to the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate. The bill has already received the endorsement of the Senate’s agriculture and judiciary committees.
New Cash Crop for Farmers
Republican Sen. Brent Jackson, the sponsor of the measure, said the bill will give farmers in the state new opportunities to succeed and urged quick action from his colleagues in the legislature.
“Hemp production can be a new boom industry for North Carolina farmers, and at a time when we really need it,” Jackson said. “We need to act now to