Emergency Meeting Called on Smokable Hemp: Public Conference Call is Jul. 23

Hemp growing on a farm in Bunn, NC (Franklin County). Photo: Kay Whatley
Hemp growing on a farm in Bunn, NC (Franklin County). Photo: Kay Whatley

The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting via conference call as an emergency meeting in response to legislation in the North Carolina General Assembly. Members of the public may join the conference call, scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, 2019, starting at 4pm.

The state commission notice reads:

The Industrial Hemp Commission will hold an emergency public meeting to allow the Commission the opportunity to consider a resolution in response to the House Finance and Judiciary Committee’s reclassification of smokable hemp as a class six controlled substance, marijuana, before the Farm Act is considered on Wednesday morning, July 24.

Access the conference call at go.ncsu.edu/industrialhemp or by phone at either of these US toll numbers:

  • 1.929.205.6099
  • 1.669.900.6833

The meeting ID is 740-342-869. Participants will be prompted to enter their name and email address to enter the meeting via the website, or prompted for a unique participant ID for the call. Press # to access the call.

With meeting questions, contact Beth Farrell at 919.707.3014.

See more about the state’s Industrial Hemp Pilot Project at www.ncagr.gov/hemp, which includes a link to the growers Application and Application FAQs.

Hemp, a low-THC (no “high”) cousin of marijuana, has thousands of uses from oils and medical extracts to food/animal feed and fiber to building materials and beauty products.

Legislation to “outlaw” smokable hemp is driven in part by state law enforcement agencies and may be related to smoking and LE desire to continue to use scent/smoke as probable cause.

 

Source: NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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