Hemp could be the saving grace for farmers across North Carolina but they worry newly proposed regulations could go too far.
Growers spent Wednesday lobbying North Carolina lawmakers.
According to the organization NC Farmers for Hemp, the number of North Carolina farmers growing hemp has jumped from 124 to nearly 1,200 in just the last few years.
That includes Walter Smith who is one of the few who grows the plant for both fiber and CBD oil.
“I see hemp as a way of making a profit for these small family farmers and they can actually save family farms. The revenue they produce stays in the community. It helps rural communities” said Smith.
He believes there needs to be regulation.
But, Smith worries that the final law, when it’s approved, may go too far – especially when it comes to smokables.
“Because smokable hemp is an integral part of the hemp industry. You have hemp fiber, you have the CBD oil and you have the smokables and they all make up the hemp industry in North Carolina” said Smith.
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