Supporters of medical marijuana and the local hemp industry want to see the state allow the use of cannabis as a treatment option for debilitating medical conditions. But there are disagreements with Senate Bill 711 as written.
In late May, the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation proposed banning all smokable hemp flower, in addition to more stringent regulation of hemp processing and a host of other precautions. Those changes are now under consideration in the General Assembly, where they could be enacted as part of the N.C. Farm Act of 2019.
“As a result, in its first full year of hemp being approved as an agricultural crop in North Carolina, we’re expected to see over $100 million in economic impact via the crop.”
North Carolina is just one signature away from taking advantage of a 2014 Farm Bill provision that allows states to enact their own hemp-growing pilot programs.
Hemp enthusiasts prepare for industrial cultivation legalization with the inaugural HempX festival. Meanwhile, Earth Fare celebrates its 40th year; Burial Beer Co. hosts a farmhouse ale-themed foodie event; and The Market Place chef William Dissen gives English muffins a new level of pizazz.
After nearly four years hosting “Local Edge Radio,” Blake Butler stepped down recently to pursue other projects. On one of Butler’s last days on air, Xpress turned the tables on him, conducting an exit interview. Here are excerpts from that conversation.