North Carolina Advances Delayed Ban On Smokable Hemp

NC farmers have voiced opposition to a proposed ban on smokable hemp

Some North Carolina farmers have voiced opposition to a proposed ban on smokable hemp, saying it would keep them from capitalizing on the fast-growing hemp industry.

The bill containing the ban passed the state Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday and seeks to expand the state’s pilot hemp farming program.

The State Bureau of Investigation pushed for the proposed ban on smokable hemp in a committee hearing last week, saying that it’s difficult for law enforcement to discern smokable hemp from marijuana.

Hemp, which can also be used for industrial production of paper, clothing, construction materials and biofuels, contains less than 0.3 percent of THC, the compound that gives marijuana its high. But even though hemp doesn’t give smokers a high, law enforcement says it looks and smells like marijuana, allowing it to be easily mistaken for its more potent counterpart.

This was the case when a North Carolina woman was arrested in April for marijuana possession after police officers saw her smoking legal hemp to treat her chronic pain.

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