Hemp law is a currently emerging field of law that covers state and federal regulation of all aspects of this product, including the production, marketing, processing, transportation and sale of hemp.
The hemp industry is evolving and policy and law is changing quickly. This page is dedicated to providing information on hemp law in the United States and in North Carolina.
We provide research and outreach on the law of hemp. If you want to apply for a license to grow hemp or attend a meeting of the NC Industrial Hemp Commission please see their page.
CALS and NC State Extension are dedicated to providing tools and resources to help hemp growers in NC. Read more below or on the NC State Extension Hemp Portal.
Hemp Law: Tools and Resources
Current Hemp Law
Hemp Law 101: The Regulation of Industrial Hemp
The Fate of Industrial Hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill
Guide to Understanding & Evaluating Hemp Contracts in NC
Rod Rejesus Whole Farm Insurance to Include Hemp in 2020
USDA Releases Regulations for Hemp Production Program
Hemp: Breaking Down USDA’s Rule & NC Law
NC Industrial Hemp Commission Resolution: Continue Pilot Program for 2020
NC Industrial Hemp Commission’s Public Comments to USDA on Hemp Rule Important Information From NCDA&CS About Hemp Licenses
Specific Hemp FAQs
Hemp & CBD in Alcohol Beverages
USPS Guidelines for Mailing CBD Products
Find Attorneys, Banks, and Insurance Companies that Understand Hemp
EPA Opens Public Comment for Hemp Pesticide Applications
Federal Agencies Clarify Requirements for Banks Working With Hemp Businesses
USDA Clarifies Policy on Organic Certification of Hemp
Extension Policy on Hemp Sales at Extension Events
In the News
Jul 26, 2021
Income from NC Food, Fiber and Forestry Industries Grows
Over 17%, or $95.9 billion of the $562 billion gross state product, was contributed by value-added income from food, natural fiber and forestry industries in 2019.
Aug 27, 2020
Hemp Update: DEA Adds Requirements to Interim Final Rule
The Drug Enforcement Administration offered a new interpretation of measuring THC in processed hemp products.
Oct 12, 2020
North Carolina to Continue Industrial Hemp Pilot Program
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) will remain the authority for those growing hemp in North Carolina until September 2021.
Jul 8, 2020
What Happens When Pilot Program Expires: A Closer Look at USDA’s Rule
North Carolina’s supply chain is slated to end on October 20, 2020. Find out what will happen if NC’s hemp industry has to follow new rules.