RALEIGHT, NC (WNCN) — There are thousands of hemp products sold in North Carolina. They range from CBD products in specialty stores to hemp products in pet stores and supermarkets.
Hemp-related products sold in North Carolina must contain less than 0.3% THC, which is the ingredient that gets you high.
Hemp products have been legally available in North Carolina since 2015, when the state passed the Hemp Pilot Program Bill, which provides an exemption.
Erik Stahl, the owner of Modern Apotheca in Raleigh, said the hemp exemption removes the term hemp from the definition of marijuana under the state’s controlled substances law. The state has also licensed hemp growers, allowing it to control and test the type of hemp they grow.
In January, state hemp cultivation laws expired, transferring THC testing and other responsibilities from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture to the federal USDA.
“Our concern is who are they going to sell their product to from July 1? said Stahl.
That’s because the state’s hemp exemption laws are set to expire on June 30. If this happens, hemp will become illegal in North Carolina.
“Essentially, on June 30, hemp becomes defined as marijuana again,” Stahl said.
Meanwhile, the state is currently considering a medical marijuana bill, but its narrow definition would not include hemp.
“The vast number of people using hemp products, the vast majority of them, would not qualify for medical marijuana,” Stahl said.
The General Assembly is due back on May 18, so it will have about a month and a half to decide whether it wants to extend the hemp exemptions.
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