Hemp grower in NC looks to medical marijuana’s future

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

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

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

“You’ve got to be FBI fingerprinted before you can get your license,” said Langley, who runs a rural farm in western Wilson County.

Langley put his first hemp plants into the ground on April 16, 2019, and now harvests hemp about every five weeks from four climate-controlled, grow-lighted greenhouses.

The first couple of years were tough for Langley, who struggled to pay his bills with the meager proceeds from his crop of CBD hemp.

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