Industrial Hemp Pilot Research Program
North Carolina’s legislature set up an industrial hemp pilot program in 2016 and temporary rules to govern the program were adopted in 2017. Under the rules for the industrial hemp program, a farmer wishing to grow industrial hemp must apply to the Industrial Hemp Commission and receive a license. This rule is still in place after the 2018 Farm Bill passage until the USDA develops its hemp program and the state gets approval of their program compliant to the USDA program. As part of the application, the applicant must list the GPS coordinates of where his or her industrial hemp will be grown and must show some income from farming on their tax returns.
By law, industrial hemp must have less than 0.3% THC. THC is the chemical that produces the euphoric effect or “high” of other cannabis plants.
Here is the link to the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Industrial Hemp Pilot Program in NC.
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Questions about the industrial hemp program?
The State Statute for the Hemp Program:
The Temporary Rules Passed by the Industrial Hemp Commission
Looking for an Application for a License to Grow Hemp?
Please read the Application FAQ page completely and thoroughly before applying.
Questions about the grower application or need to pay license fees?
The Industrial Hemp Commission requires that processors of industrial hemp in North Carolina shall register with the Commission. A processor is a person or business that accepts raw industrial hemp plants, pieces or parts for the purposes of making that hemp into a product. Laboratories accepting raw industrial hemp for analysis must also register.
Looking for the Link to Register as a Hemp Processor?
Currently Registered Hemp Processors