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In North Carolina, the Department of Agriculture sees hemp as the next big cash crop.
A judge is allowing a South Carolina hemp farmer arrested after authorities said he grew the crop in unregistered fields to harvest some of his crop and put the money in a trust as he awaits trial.
North Carolina's annual agriculture measure is nearing final legislative approval after being delayed for months by a debate over the future of smokable hemp.
Carolina Botanicals, a company formed to process industrial hemp, will create 30 jobs as it establishes operations in Columbus County, Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced in a news release.
The hemp industry has been growing nationwide. Now, some state lawmakers propose a ban on smokable hemp, also known as smokable flower.
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.
Hemp and CBD shops are popping up all over the country, including in North Carolina. Many people are turning to CBD oil as an alternative medicine.
The 2018 Farm Bill, passed in December, removed hemp from the list of controlled substances. Since then, hundreds of North Carolina farmers are looking into growing the plant.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and a key legislator say proposed rules for hemp production will help position North Carolina farmers to compete and thrive in the emerging industry.