Today would have been the day that CBD died in North Carolina—as June 30 is the expiration date of the temporary legislation protecting the production and sale of hemp in the state—but salvation came last minute in the form of a bipartisan-supported bill.
Thankfully, SB 455 had already been passed by the House Committee in anticipation of this quickly approaching deadline, and though it had stalled in the senate thereafter, was urgently dusted off yesterday (Jun 30), passing the senate and heading to the Governor’s desk.
The bill exempts hemp products containing 0.3% or less of THC (by dry weight) from the state’s illicit substances classification while, importantly, including “cloth, cordage, fiber, food fuel, paint, paper, particleboard, plastics, seed, seed meal, and seed oil for consumption” under the legally protected definition of hemp.
Per the US Hemp Roundtable, SB 455 was created to match the 2018 Farm Bill definition of hemp (which is where the 0.3% THC limit comes from), easing the dissonance between North Carolina and other states’ provisions in instances of interstate hemp commerce.
Boding well for the bipartisan support behind the bill was the lack of marijuana legalization efforts of any kind (medical, recreational, etc.) in the language—a common source of political gridlock for pro-hemp legislative efforts.
Around 1,500 hemp farmers across the state of North Carolina, not to mention hemp retailers and consumers, are breathing easier tonight, and we join the US Hemp Roundtable in thanking both the state lawmakers and pro-hemp legislation supporters for replacing the safety net holding up an industry as the final hours waned away.
As always, we will monitor any further hemp legislation developments in North Carolina and across the states and update you accordingly.