US (NC): Hemp grower looks to medical cannabis' future

Wilson County’s only commercial hemp grower says if medical cannabis becomes legal in North Carolina, he will be a good candidate to grow it with the knowledge he has gained.

Delmer Langley, owner of D.E.L. Hemp Farm, received a license to grow hemp from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 7, following the Jan. 1 transfer of hemp regulatory control from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s N.C. Industrial Hemp Program administered by the N.C. Hemp Commission.

Langley put his first hemp plants into the ground on April 16, 2019, and now harvests hemp about every five weeks from four climate-controlled, grow-lighted greenhouses. The first couple of years were tough for Langley, who struggled to pay his bills with the meager proceeds from his crop of CBD hemp.

But since then, things have turned around and business is good for Langley, whose smokeable hemp, hemp tinctures, salves and hemp gummies have been selling well at hemp stores, vape stores, hardware stores and truck stops up and down the East Coast. Langley is sold on the curative capabilities of the cannabis sativa plant and is poised to use the knowledge he has gained from growing hemp to use in growing medical cannabis if North Carolina follows the majority of other U.S. states in decriminalizing it for medicinal uses.

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