AN ACT TO CONFORM THE STATE'S LAWS CONCERNING HEMP WITH FEDERAL HEMP LAWS.
Effective June 30, 2022, amends the definition of marijuana under the NC Controlled Substances Act, set out in GS 90-87, to explicitly exclude hemp and hemp products. Adds and defines the term hemp as any part of Cannabis sativa with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3% on a dry weight basis; includes any part of the plant, its seeds and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not. Adds and defines the term hemp products to include all products made from hemp, with a nonexhaustive list such as cloth, cordage, fiber, food, fuel, paint, paper, particleboard, plastics, seed, seed meal and seed oil for consumption, and verified propagules for cultivation if the seeds originate from hemp varieties.
Appropriates $2,500 from the General Fund to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for 2022-23 to produce educational materials to inform the public of operational changes in the hemp program. Effective July 1, 2022.