With the help of the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission, Living Ultra-Violet is proud to announce the unveiling of their for-profit subsidiary LUVHemp!
Hemp is one of the most sustainable and versatile plants on earth. With over 5,000 applications in the textile industry alone and over 25,000 total uses, it is no secret that industrial hemp is the crop of our future.
Hemp is finally legal to grow in the beautiful state of North Carolina!
In case you are unaware, the General Assembly of North Carolina passed Senate Bill 313, opening the door to the legal cannabis industry in North Carolina. North Carolina Governor Patrick McCrory declined to veto the bill and it became law on September 30, 2015.
The ratified bill contains 11 specific purposes for conducting industrial hemp production in the state, which opens more doors for hemp producers and manufacturers.
The eleven specific purposes are:
1. Studying and investigating marketplace opportunities for hemp products to increase the job base in the State by means of employment related to the production of industrial hemp.
2. Studying and investigating methods of industrial hemp cultivation that are best suited to soil conservation and restoration.
3. Overseeing and analyzing the growth of industrial hemp by licensed growers for agronomy research and analysis of required soils, growing conditions, and harvest methods relating to the production of various varieties of industrial hemp that may be suitable for various commercial hemp products.
4. Conducting seed research on various types of industrial hemp that are best suited to be grown in North Carolina, including seed availability, creation of North Carolina hybrid types, and in-the-ground variety trials and seed production. The Commission may establish a program to recognize certain industrial hemp seeds as being North Carolina varieties of hemp seed.
5. Studying the economic feasibility of developing an industrial hemp market in various types of industrial hemp that can be grown in the State, including by commercial marketing and sale of industrial hemp.
6. Reporting on the estimated value-added benefits, including environmental benefits, to North Carolina businesses of an industrial hemp market of North Carolina-grown industrial hemp varieties.
7. Studying the agronomy research being conducted worldwide relating to industrial hemp varieties, production, and use.
8. Researching and promoting on the world market industrial hemp and hemp seed that can be grown in the State.
9. Promoting research into the development of industrial hemp and commercial markets for North Carolina industrial hemp and hemp products.
10. Studying the feasibility of attracting federal or private funding for the North Carolina industrial hemp research program.
11. Studying the use of industrial hemp in new energy technologies, including electricity generation, biofuels, or other forms of energy resources; the growth of industrial hemp on reclaimed mine sites; the use of hemp seed oil in the production of fuels; and the production costs, environmental issues, and costs and benefits involved with the use of industrial hemp for energy.
In North Carolina we will be focusing on building county-by-county co-ops of local farmers who want to grow Hemp for the first time in their farming history, we will be focusing on Economic Development of Rural Areas as well as the environmental purposes of Hemp replacing fossil fuels and electricity generation.
To read the draft rules of growing hemp in North Carolina click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pQMPHb62fqWd6pcbD84o_z3UsFhhdwMa5K4OBcz1OxM/edit
N.C. SB 313: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/Senate/PDF/S313v5.pdf
N.C. HB 992: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015/Bills/House/PDF/H992v6.pdf