Wilmington business first in NC to legally import hemp seed in 80 years
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Hemp Farmacy is the first to import legal certified hemp seed into North Carolina for the first time in eighty years, according to a news release.
Hempleton Investment Group says it has been working for two years to establish interest in North Carolina hemp production and to meet all requirements in order to obtain an license from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
“We are very excited for the opportunity to have hemp back in North Carolina. This is a historic moment for NC,” says Hempleton Investment Group owner Justin Hamilton. “This opportunity, which has exponential growth potential, will create a new rotation crop for farmers and create new jobs across the state from textile manufacturing to renewable energy.”
As an aggregator, Hempleton has helped form a growing cooperative of farmers throughout the state. Farmers in this cooperative who have received a permit number to grow hemp from the NC Dept. of Agriculture will receive and plant their seeds as soon as weather allows. Hempleton Investment Group is still seeking farmers who are interested in growing hemp.
The Hemp Farmacy first opened on Grace Street in downtown Wilmington. They recently announced the opening of a second store.