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 THE BAN OF SMOKABLE HEMP FLOWER

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July 12th, 2019

Dear NCIHA Members and Friends,

Even though we had worked out a compromise with the NC Senate, delaying the smokable flower ban 18 months and allowing us to working with law enforcement to address all their concerns, our challenges have increased once it moved over to the NC House. We were extremely effective in emailing all the members on House Agriculture Committee, but after moving the meeting three times in one week, Chairman Jimmy Dixon was able to pass an Amendment pushing the smokable hemp flower ban forward to December 2019. This Amendment not only negates all our hard work on the Senate side, but it also reinforces that the law enforcement lobby in NC is getting stronger now that the SBI, NC Sheriffs Association, NC Chief of Police Association, & NC District Attorneys Association have all come together on this issue. Their argument is that we have de facto legalized marijuana with smokable hemp and while TN, SC, & VA are embracing smokable flower moving forward, NC law enforcement would rather throw their hands up proclaiming to the rest of the nation "we don't want to figure it out". Here are the compromises that we put forth a month ago to address law enforcement concerns: 1) Include an "Open Container" provision so hemp could no longer be smoked in the car or in public 2) Transition to compliant packaging for smokable products 3) Implement chain of custody solutions now (soil to sale) for traceability of all hemp products 4) Meet with all law enforcement branches monthly to identify best practices for NC moving forward.

On July 11th SB315 moved to the House Finance Committee and it was a lively and heated discussion - but they ran out of time and didn’t vote on SB315 at all. If it can pass Finance eventually, it then move to House Judiciary, then to Rules, then to a House floor vote, then back to the Senate to agree to all the changes

We all believe in North Carolina hemp and it's time to work together to be sure our interests in hemp are protected moving forward.


ADVOCATE MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

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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.