Hemp on method to changing into completely legalized in NC :: WRAL.com

The North Carolina Senate on Wednesday sent a bill to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper to keep hemp farmers and sellers in business.

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ERIC MILLER REPORTING LIVE IN RALEIGH, THANK YOU. >> WELL, AT THE LAST MINUTE AFTER A LONG STANDOFF, LAWMAKERS HAVE PERMANENTLY LEGALIZED HEMP IN NORTH CAROLINA. WRAL’S LESLIE MORENO SPOKE TO A HEMP STORE IN RALEIGH AND THEY WERE EAGERLY AWAITING FOR THIS DECISION THAT WILL IMPACT THEM DRASTICALLY. LESLIE. >> AND DEBORAH, HAVE BEES HERE IN RALEIGH SELLS ALL KINDS OF HEMP PRODUCTS. THINGS LIKE GUMMIES, FLOUR AND DRINK. SEE OWNER HERE SAYS A BIG CHUNK OF THEIR CUSTOMERS COME IN SPECIFICALLY FOR HEMP TODAY’S NEWS IS A SIGH OF RELIEF FOR MANY. >> DO YOU WANT ANY THC OR NO THC? >> THAT’S HONESTLY THE BEST PLACE TO START YEARS AGO. STATE LAWMAKERS LEGALIZED HEMP IN NORTH CAROLINA, BUT ONLY TEMPORARILY THE BILL WAS SET TO EXPIRE AT MIDNIGHT TOMORROW TO LAWMAKERS DECIDED TO PERMANENTLY LEGALIZE IT, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS FOR HIM FROM A SEASON OTHER BUDDING BUSINESSES. IT HAS MANY RECREATIONAL, YOU KNOW, BENEFITS. >> IF YOU JUST WANT TO HAVE A GREAT NIGHT, BUT ALSO IF YOU HAVE I MEAN, ANYTHING FROM PUT THESE 2? I MEAN, WE’VE SEEN WHERE EVEN PEOPLE WOULD LIKE ALZHEIMER’S AND STUFF LIKE THAT CAN BE REALLY HELPED WITH CANADA WRAL’S CAPITOL BUREAU CHIEF LAURA LESLIE SAYS IT DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING FOR THE LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA DOWN THE LINE, BUT IT DOES, HOWEVER, DEFINED HEMP AS SEPARATE FROM MARIJUANA. SO WHAT THEY DID IN 2015, AS THEY SAID. >> OKAY, WE’RE GOING MAKE TO QUALIFICATIONS. CANDACE IS GOING TO HAVE HIGH THC AND THAT’S GOING TO BE LEGAL. HEMP IS GOING TO HAVE LOW THC AND THAT WILL BE OKAY. AUSTIN BE SAYS ABOUT 90% OF HIS CUSTOMERS COME IN SPECIFICALLY FOR HEMP PRODUCTS. IF THE BILL HAD BEEN PASSED, HEMP COMPANIES, DISTRIBUTORS AND SELLERS WOULD HAVE BEEN LOSING OUT ON A LOT OF BUSINESS. THEY WANT TO PUT US IN SOME KIND OF LIMBO. YEAH. NOW, I MEAN. >> BECAUSE ON A STATE LEVEL WERE NOT EXACTLY PROTECTED. I MEAN, TECHNICALLY, WE KIND OF WOULD HAVE BEEN ILLEGAL UNITY. 3 POINT. >> AND THE BILL IS NOW ON ITS WAY TO GOVERNOR COOPER’S DESK. HE WILL PERMANENTLY LEGALIZE HEMP HERE IN NORTH CAROLINA.