NC Should Embrace Legal Hemp as a Modern Cash Crop (Opinion)
Some 70 percent of North Carolina voters support hemp cultivation as a means of boosting the economies of rural North Carolina. But state laws and law enforcement organizations impede progress, according to David Mayer, a Martin County farmer. The state’s climate and expertise in tobacco farming prime North Carolina for success in an industry that federal lawmakers have already given a legislative green light. Opponents of the fledgling industry “refuse to believe the economic reality of legal hemp. Instead they spend their time crafting language that would mis-categorize federally legal hemp as marijuana, a move that would handicap our farmers and limit their access to financing and crop insurance.” State Senator Brent Jackson, himself a Sampson County farmer, is crafting legislation that would ease the path for cultivation of the crop.
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