NCIHA member and NC hemp farmer Cee Anderson (Green Heffa Farms) is the 2019 Hemp History Week Featured Farmer. Congratulations to Cee from all of us!

NCIHA member and NC hemp farmer Cee Anderson (Green Heffa Farms) is the 2019 Hemp History Week Featured Farmer. Congratulations to Cee from all of us!

Welcome to the online home of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association (NCIHA) - a 501(c)(6) trade organization that represents all the stakeholders helping to build a thriving hemp industry in North Carolina. The NCIHA is not only responsible for the lobbying effort behind the passage of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, but also for providing continuing industry education, training, and updated information for all members. I strongly encourage you to join today - as a unified voice, we are stronger together.

Blake Butler
Executive Director, NC Industrial Hemp Association

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UPDATE ON SMOKABLE HEMP FLOWER BAN

SB315 (NC FARM ACT) UPDATE
SB315 and the smokable hemp ban will be right back in the legislative conversation next week so it's important to know where the bill stands. To recap, the Senate version of SB315 passed the NC Senate with a smokable flower ban date of Dec 1st, 2020 and the House version passed the NC House with a smokable flower ban date of May 1st, 2020.

SB315 has now been referred back to Rules Committee and NCIHA members and attorneys' Ward and Smith expanded on the possible future paths of SB315 in a recent blog post - "Due to significant differences between the House and Senate versions, the Senate now has the opportunity to vote to concur or not with the House's changes. If the Senate votes to concur, the House version will be sent to the Governor, and upon receipt of his signature, would become law. If the Senate votes not to concur with the House version, conferees from both chambers would be appointed to negotiate a final version of the bill. The Senate could also elect not to hold a concurrence vote at all, or could refuse to appoint conferees, which would prevent the bill's passage altogether. That would delay the process until the next legislative session, which we expect will begin in May of 2020." (Click here for the full Ward & Smith blog post)

INDIANA WIN
The CBD Companies suing the state of Indiana were successful in challenging Indiana’s ban on “smokable” hemp and the product was once again legal as of Friday evening. The ruling from Judge Sarah Evans Barker, from the United States District Court Southern District of Indiana, granted their motion of preliminary injunction and now they are waiting to see if the Attorney General or prosecutor will appeal. But this decision is key and we are all hoping it will set the national tone of finally regulating hemp like every other agricultural commodity. To learn more about the significance of this decision, be sure to read the recent blog post from NCIHA Member and Attorney Rod Kight "Big Win for Smokable Hemp in Indiana Elevates Issue to a National Level"


ADVOCATE MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Click on a NCIHA Advocate member company logo to visit their website and learn more.


New NCIHA Membership Programs for 2019

We are looking forward to a successful year for hemp in North Carolina and we want you to become a member of the NCIHA. Please review the new membership levels below and let us know if you have any questions by emailing info@ncindhemp.org

Active $35 per year

  • Receipt of e-newsletter “HempNewsNC”

  • Invitation to all 2019 NCIHA sponsored events

Supporter $250 per year

  • Online access to the “Member Marketplace”

  • Receipt of e-newsletter “HempNewsNC”

  • Discounted ticket for all 2019 NCIHA events

Advocate $500 per year

  • Voting Member of the NCIHA

  • Complimentary ticket for all 2019 NCIHA events

  • Online access to the “Member Marketplace”

  • Member Spotlight for 30 days on NCIHA website

  • Receipt of e-newsletter “HempNewsNC”

Frequently Asked Questions about Hemp in NC

I want to grow industrial hemp in North Carolina, how do I get started?
Please visit the homepage for the NC Department of Agriculture - Industrial Hemp Pilot Program where you will find the necessary forms and information.

Does the NCIHA approve or issue grower or processor licenses?
No, The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission was established to issue licenses allowing a person, firm, or corporation to cultivate industrial hemp.

I want to become a processor in North Carolina, how do I get started?
Please visit the Processors section of the NC Department of Agriculture website.

I am currently a certified grower in NC and need to make changes to my license, can you help?
Changes are handled by the NC Department of Agriculture and you must notify the NC Department of Agriculture if anything on your application changes during your licensing period! This includes, but is not limited to:

  • If you are growing varieties not originally listed on your application

  • If you are growing new varieties, strains, or types of plants

  • If you are importing any seed or clones at any time

  • If you are growing at new GPS locations

  • If you are growing in new field/s

  • If you are using a new processor or a processor not listed on your application

  • If you are getting your seed or clones from a new supplier

    Notify the NCDA about any changes by emailing: IndustrialHempRequests@NCagr.gov.