Hemp grower in NC looks to the future of medical marijuana

WILSON, NC (AP) — Wilson County’s only commercial hemp grower says if medical marijuana becomes legal in North Carolina, he’ll be a good candidate to grow it with the knowledge he’s gained.

Delmer Langley, owner of DEL Hemp Farm, received a permit to grow hemp from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 7, following the Jan. 1 transfer of regulatory control over hemp from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s NC Industrial Hemp Program. Agriculture, administered by the NC Hemp Commission.

Langley said he is pleased with the federal regulatory control from testing to the ease of access for federal officials.

“You have to have FBI fingerprints before you can get your permit,” said Langley, who runs a rural ranch in western Wilson County.

Langley planted his first hemp plants on April 16, 2019 and now harvests hemp approximately every five weeks from four climate-controlled, grow-lit greenhouses.

The first few years were tough for Langley, who struggled to pay his bills on the meager yields from his CBD hemp crop.

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