North Carolina has been going back and forth on banning smokable hemp in a series of bills that have failed to be signed into law. As of June 4th, it looks as though these efforts to regulate hemp, including smokable hemp will not come into effect for 2021. Which means smokable hemp is legal and mostly unregulated in the state of North Carolina
Hemp, as you likely know, can be made into everything from fabric to paper. But hemp is primarily grown in the U.S. for its CBD, which is being widely touted to have medicinal qualities. While marijuana is typically smoked for the psychoactive THC effects, so too can low (or no) THC hemp “buds” be smoked, like a joint, for the purported easing of pain but with no “high”.
Why People in North Carolina Want to Ban Smokable Hemp
The issue over smokable hemp is not about whether it gets you high but rather–that it smells and looks like Marijuana. And, it is true that just by looking at hemp you cannot tell the difference between it and it’s psychoactive cousin–Cannabis. In fact, you would need to have a lab test for THC content. The argument against smokable hemp is law enforcement believe they will not be able to enforce cannabis restrictions since it is
Smokable hemp does not get people high but it has been suggested this type of Cannabinoid rich method of intake does help with pain. It is not stones smoking hemp but rather people who are genuinely looking for pain or stress relief without the “high” that you would get with Marijuana. Beyond this for hemp farmers, the smokable flower has the potential to be a big moneymaker. In 2020, for instance, smokable, at times, went for $150 to $350 a pound.
For now, smokable hemp is still legal in North Carolina. But, another bill S.B. 352 was introduced recently. This bill makes smokable hemp a Schedule VI controlled substance. It essentially expands the definition of Cannabis to include hemp flower. What happens with the bill remains to be seen but if passed, it could seal the fate of smokable hemp for the state of North Carolina well into the future.