Raleigh, N.C. — North Carolina’s annual Farm Act is on the rocks at the legislature as two of the state’s most influential policymakers on farming joust over hemp.
Senate Bill 315 is wide-ranging, with sections affecting hog farms, skeet shooting, sweet potatoes and more. But it’s the provisions on hemp that threaten to derail the entire measure as lawmakers struggle to balance the interests of a growing industry with concerns from law enforcement that the bill would essentially legalize marijuana.
Sen. Brent Jackson, R-Sampson, and Rep. Jimmy Dixon, R-Duplin, who have shepherded agriculture legislation through the legislature together for years, couldn’t even agree Thursday on what the latest version of the bill would do, and both sides have refused to back the other’s preferred language on smokable hemp.
Smokable hemp has CBD, which many people believe has a range of…