RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Thousands of hemp-based products are sold in North Carolina. They range from CBD products in specialty stores to hemp products in pet shops and supermarkets.
Hemp related products sold in North Carolina must contain less than 0.3 percent THCthis is the ingredient that gets you high.
Hemp products have been legal in North Carolina since 2015, when the state passed the law Hemp Pilot Program Billwhich offers an exception.
Erik Stahl, the owner of Modern Apothecary in Raleigh, said the hemp exemption removes the term hemp from the definition of marijuana under the state’s Controlled Substances Act. The state also licensed hemp farmers, allowing them to inspect and test the type of hemp they grew.
Back in January, the state’s hemp laws expired, releasing THC Testing and Other Responsibilities from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to the US Department of Agriculture.
“Our concern is who are they going to sell their product to after July 1?” Stahl said.
That’s because the state’s hemp exemption laws expire on June 30th. When that happens, hemp will become illegal in North Carolina.
“Essentially, hemp will be redefined as marijuana on June 30,” Stahl said.
Meanwhile, the state is currently considering one Medical marijuana billbut its narrow definition would not include hemp.
“The large number of people who use hemp products, the vast majority of them, would not qualify for medical marijuana,” Stahl said.
The General Assembly is scheduled to return on May 18, giving it about a month and a half to decide whether to extend the hemp exemptions.
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