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Hemp State Highlight: North Carolina puts out big Welcome mat for Hemp Industry

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Dozens of states are slowly experimenting with industrial hemp cultivation and processing, authorizing limited tests through land-grant universities. Not North Carolina. North Carolina has gone all in on hemp, which state officials see as a natural fit for an economy once dominated by tobacco farming and textile manufacturing. North Carolina is finishing its first hemp-growing season with more hemp growers, more acres in hemp and more hemp processors than any other state in its first year of hemp production.