NC Industrial Hemp Commission to Host Public Online Meeting on May 30

Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association,
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association,

By Sandy Stewart, NCDA&CS Research Stations Division

The Industrial Hemp Commission will hold a public meeting via telephone conference call/webinar to review and approve research pilot program applications.

This online meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 30, 2017, beginning at 10:30am. Note that meetings may be an hour or two, and if the Committee goes into Executive Session, other meeting participants may wait for their return in most cases.

Access to the conference call can be made at or by calling 1.408.638.0968 or 1.646.558.8656; neither number is toll-free. The meeting ID is 862-633-505. 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. (They should press # to access the call.)

The NC General Assembly passed Senate Bill 313 in 2015, allowing the creation of the Industrial Hemp Commission to develop the rules and licensing structure necessary to stay within federal laws. The Industrial Hemp Commission adopted temporary rules in February, setting up the application requirements and process.

For meeting questions, contact Lori Pfister of the NC Industrial Hemp Commission office at 919.707.3236.

Information on the state’s Industrial Hemp Commission and the Industrial Hemp Pilot Program may be found at

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