Petition Calling for a Year Extension of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program
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To whom it may concern,

We, the undersigned, and Appalachian Standard, a veteran owned hemp farm and business in North Carolina, are asking for support from legislators, senators, and lawmakers to extend the 2014 Farm Bill Hemp Pilot Program to November 1, 2021. Currently, Appalachian Standard and North Carolina hemp farmers are licensed under the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, set to expire November 1, 2020.

Since the inception of the hemp pilot program, hard working North Carolinians have labored tirelessly and invested millions of dollars to grow this industry from propagation to product. As a fast growing herbaceous plant, with over 50,000 uses, hemp is significant, sustainable, and can quite literally reinvent the North Carolina economy and revitalize unused farmland. Industrial hemp is an opportunity to provide good paying jobs to deserving Americans in communities suffering from joblessness.

Given the unusual circumstances surrounding this year with Covid-19, passing new hemp legislation and submitting a plan to the U.S.D.A. during a pandemic has proven impossible. Extending the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program until November 1, 2021 will allow time for lawmakers to give hemp the full attention it deserves. The hemp industry in North Carolina needs more time to get the appropriate legislation passed and subsequently submit a state plan or transition to regulation by the U.S.D.A. On behalf of hemp growers, processors, distributors, retailers, educators and everyone who has benefited from hemp, thank you for your thoughtful consideration in this matter.
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