No fanfare as South Carolina hemp law is signed

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster made the final decision of bringing hemp to the state as an agricultural crop by signing House Bill 3559 on May 11, 2017. After being passed unanimously by House members on May 4th, it was obvious that the industrial hemp program could only benefit the state. Like neighboring North Carolina, the terms require that this agricultural commodity be based on research or as a pilot program through a university.

North Carolina has been instrumental in gaining momentum with hemp growing, processing and marketing since passing a similar bill in October 2016. Their confidence has led Hemp Inc. to purchase and relocate the nation’s only large-scale decorticator to Springfield, North Carolina – which will be used for processing hemp into fiber for multiple uses.

While South Carolina’s Department of Agriculture requires limiting 15 permits per year, and test plots not exceeding 20 acres, the gates...

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