South Carolina


No cap on 2020 hemp farming season in SC

As of February 1, hemp farming, handling and processing permits are open for the 2020 grow season

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) has been issuing these permits to farmers since their program began in 2018. 


Hemp is growing fast in South Carolina, but can the industry keep up?

"To me, it's the perfect plant."

Jason Eargle is an entrepreneur who has been advocating for hemp for years now. He's also one of the owners of the largest hemp farm in the state.

Eargle's journey in the industry started three and a half years ago when he and his business partner Robert Moore began talking about how hemp could change farming communities in South Carolina. They created one of South Carolina's first industrial hemp companies, Brackish Solutions, and have since helped raise awareness around the plant: first about the legalization of hemp, and now about the growth and many potential uses of hemp in the state.


South Carolina had a 565% increase in hemp farmers this year

Now that it’s legal to grow hemp in the Palmetto State, farmers are growing it and a major increase.

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture says last year, the state had 20 hemp growers. This year, they’ve issued 113 permits, which is a 565% increase. The number jumped after the state removed a cap on how many people could grow hemp in South Carolina and how many acres they could grow.

David Newsome of Palmetto Harmony grows hemp in Horry County says there are many uses of hemp.

“If you can make it with a tree, or plastic,” he says, “You can make it with hemp.”

He continues, “Through rope and textiles and clothing and concrete and construction material.”

“Being used in lotions and all kinds of topicals and face creams and soaps.”


South Carolina considers legalizing medical marijuana

Medical marijuana is legal in 34 other states, and lawmakers in South Carolina want to add the Palmetto State to the list.

Last week, a Senate subcommittee passed the Comprehensive Care Act, which a portion of, would legalize marijuana for medical purposes-- but not all lawmakers are on board.

"I think that's a very dangerous precedent, I don't think it's our role andIi wont be supporting the bill," said Rep. Senator Greg Hembree.

Legal medical marijuana is a heated topic among lawmakers in Columbia, but author of the bill, Senator Tom Davis (R - Beaufort), says it's all in an effort to empower doctors to help those in need.


Coffee shop serves up CBD-oil infused lattes

Revelator Coffee Company began serving CBD oil-infused lattes in all four of its Birmingham locations on Monday, and has sold dozens of the drinks in the first two days.

The coffee shop charges $1 to add three drops of CBD oil to a drink. It's featured in the Golden Latte with Relyf CBD oil.

Cannabidiol, or CBD oil, which some people use as a treatment for physical ailments, is made from industrial hemp, which contains a tiny percentage of THC, the intoxicating substance found in marijuana.

CBD oil can also be derived from marijuana and the Alabama Legislature has allowed limited exceptions to the law against marijuana possession for the use of CBD oil.


Religious leaders in South Carolina voice support for medical marijuana

Lawmakers in South Carolina are currently considering a new bill that would legalize medical marijuana. So far, the bill has seen support both among legislators and the general public.

And now, the bill has formally received support from a potentially important social group. This week, a group of leaders from a number of different religious organizations voiced their support for South Carolina’s Compassionate Care Act.

The support could help propel the state’s bill forward. And more generally, it could signal growing acceptance of medical marijuana among some religious groups.


Medical marijuana advances in South Carolina Senate

A key Senate subcommittee has passed the Compassionate Care Act, which legalizes marijuana for medical purposes.

The subcommittee, chaired by the bill’s author, State Sen. Tom Davis, R-Beaufort, voted 5-1 for the bill. The one dissenting vote was state Sen. Tom Corbin, R-Greenville.

The subcommittee added amendments to the bill that Davis and other supporters hope will soften opposition from groups like the State Law Enforcement Division, the S.C. Sheriff’s Association, the S.C. Medical Association and Attorney General Alan Wilson.


SC farmers will grow more hemp as 2019 season gets underway

Across South Carolina, farmers have long been planning their 2019 crops, and none more intently than the farmers who are invested in the state’s newest and most talked-about crop: hemp.

After a decades-long ban, 2018 was the first year in which Palmetto State farmers could legally grow hemp, with 20 farmers across the state being permitted to grow up to 20 acres each. A myriad of stipulations and background checks were placed on these farmers, but the program is growing statewide. In 2019, 40 farmers across 24 counties will be able to grow double the amount from last year, up to 40 acres each. Nineteen of the original 20 farmers are included in this year’s growing roster.


South Carolina Attorney General calls medical cannabis “the most dangerous drug in the world”

South Carolina is working on a bill to legalize medical cannabis, but despite bipartisan support, SC Attorney General Alan Wilson does not approve.


South Carolina lawmakers try to legalize medical marijuana, again

South Carolina lawmakers are once again introducing legislation to legalize marijuana for treatment of critically ill patients in the state, making another go at a debate that has gradually made progress in this deeply red state in recent years.

Sen. Tom Davis, a Republican from Beaufort, told The Associated Press that would file the Compassionate Care Act in the state Senate this week. In the House, Republican Rep. Peter McCoy of Charleston is sponsoring similar legislation.


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