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Important Update: Hemp Pilot Program Extended

For months, farmers and growers of hemp have faced a difficult decision: What to do at the end of October as the North Carolina industrial hemp pilot program expires and we phase into hemp production under the USDA's Interim Final Rule.

The issue stems from language in the 2018 Federal Farm Bill, which terminates the authority for continued operation of the state-level pilot programs on October 31, 2020.  This possible shift from a state-run pilot program to a USDA run production program caused much concern for North Carolina growers, especially given the timing of the shift, questions about continued licensure, and the imposition of more onerous rules that could stifle the fledgling industry.

But, in a positive turn of news, the issue has been resolved – at least, temporarily.  Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan continuing resolution to extend federal government funding and avoid a shutdown.  That resolution included language to extend the hemp pilot program through September 30, 2021.  For now, growers operating under a state-level pilot program can rest easy knowing they have an additional year to prepare for their transition to a new set of rules – and state lawmakers have an additional year to thoughtfully plan and draft implementing legislation, should they choose to enact a state-level permanent production program.

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Tyler Russell, Bankruptcy Attorney, Creditors Rights, Raleigh, North Carolina, Ward and Smith Law Firm
Business and Creditor's Rights Attorney

Tyler's creditors' rights practice encompasses bankruptcy, collections, and lender liability issues.  He concentrates his practice on the representation of creditors in bankruptcy cases and state court litigation, including workouts, reorganizations, Uniform Commercial Code security agreement enforcement, collections cases, and other contested matters.  Tyler has represented national and community lenders, trade creditors, equipment manufacturers, agricultural companies, community associations, contractors, and leasing companies in various reorganization and litigation proceedings. His...