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Industrial Hemp Pilot Program

Meetings & Public Hearings

Next Meeting:
Telephone conference call.

Friday, May 5, 2017
9 a.m.

Access to the conference call can be made at or by calling 1-646-558-8656 (U.S. Toll) or 1-408-638-0968 (U.S. Toll). The meeting ID is 457-771-465. Participants will be prompted to enter their name and email address to enter the meeting via the website, or prompted for a unique participant ID for the call. They should press # to access the call.

Purpose of this meeting:

  • to review and approve research pilot program applications, and discuss any progress regarding the Drug Enforcement Administration's position on hemp seed purchasing. 


Previous meetings

April 19, 2017

Meeting agenda 4-19-17

Statement from the Commission regarding the 4-19-17 meeting

April 17, 2017

Meeting agenda 4-17-17

April 6, 2017

Meeting agenda 4-6-17

Purpose: To review applications for pilot projects.

Meeting minutes 4-6-17

March 29, 2017

Purpose: To review applications for the pilot research program, and begin the process for permanent rule making.

Meeting minutes 3-29-17

March 13, 2017

Purpose: To review applications for the pilot research program.

Meeting minutes 3-13-17

Feb. 13, 2017

Meeting agenda 2-13-17


  • to adopt the proposed temporary rules to present to the Office of Administrative Hearings Rules Commission. 
  • to review the proposed licensure application

Meeting minutes 2-13-17

Dec. 22, 2016

Meeting agenda 12-22-16


  • Informational Presentations to Commission
    • Dr. Bill Foote, Director, NC Crop Improvement Association
    • Dr. Keith Edmisten, Professor, NC State Crop and Soil Sciences Department
    • Marshall Hurley, North Carolina Industrial Hemp Association
    • Bert James, Bioregen Co-op
    • Roland McReynolds, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
  • Final Approval of Rules for licensing cultivation of industrial hemp
  • Request for letter of support for hempcrete research
  • Additional topics as proposed by the commission

Meeting minutes 12-22-16

Dec. 1, 2016

Meeting agenda 12-1-16


  • Discussion and finalization of proposed rules for licensing of industrial hemp production
  • Discussion and finalization of proposed position description for Program Manager of NC Industrial Hemp Program
  • Additional topics as proposed by the commission 

Meeting minutes 12-1-16

Nov. 1, 2016

Meeting agenda 11-1-16


  • Statement by Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler

  • Election of Chair

  • Roles and Responsibilities of Commission

  • Operational Procedures for Commission Meetings

  • Informational Presentations on

    • Status of University Research Capabilities – Keith Edmisten, NCSU and Gouchen Yang, NCA&T
    • Importation Procedures for Seed – Vernon Cox, NCDA&C
  • Comments Concerning Rules and Regulations for Permits – Commission Members
  • Public Comment
  • Additional topics as proposed by the commission 

Meeting minutes 11-1-16

Nov. 1, 2016 First board meeting of the N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission held at the Martin Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Read recap>>
Oct. 2016 Appointment of the 9-member commission.
May 2016 Funding is obtained to create the commission.
2015 N.C. legislators pass the Industrial Hemp Bill (SB 313) that allows for the formation of the Industrial Hemp Commission.
2014 Congress passes the Agricultural Act of 2014, which allows for certain states to grow industrial hemp as part of an agricultural pilot program for research purposes.
1970 The Controlled Substances Act classified the Cannibus sativa plant as an illegal “schedule I drug,” which imposed strict regulations on the cultivation of industrial hemp.
1942 Hemp for Victory. The U.S. government encourages farmers to grow hemp needed to make ropes and parachutes for the war effort. Prohibition resumed after the war.
1937 The U.S. government outlaws the production of hemp as part of the Prohibitive Marijuana Tax Act.
1600s - 1900s Hemp is grown throughout the U.S. and used mainly for its fibers.

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