Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc. (
Per the Bill (view full Senate Bill 313 here), the General Assembly declared that promoting and encouraging the development of the industrial hemp industry are in the best interest of North Carolina residents. The industrial hemp industry can "expand employment, promote economic activity, and provide opportunities to small farmers for an environmentally sustainable and profitable use of crop lands that might otherwise be lost to agricultural production."
The bill also states it seeks to "establish an agricultural pilot program for the cultivation of industrial hemp in the State, to provide for reporting on the program by growers and processors for agricultural or other research, and to pursue any federal permits or waivers necessary to allow industrial hemp to be grown in the State."
"This is exciting news for North Carolina farmers who will be able to cultivate industrial hemp again for the first time in 71 years," said Thomas Shumaker, Executive Director for NCIHA. "We would like to thank everyone who supported our organization throughout this effort especially North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler and his team for their hard work and support in making this a reality."Hemp, Inc.'s multipurpose industrial hemp processing plant in Spring Hope, North Carolina is 80% complete. German engineer, Jens Kleinert of Temafa Machines, the manufacturer of Hemp, Inc.'s decortication machine, says he was quite surprised that it was able to be installed in such a short amount of time. This is Kleinert's third time visiting the plant to monitor the re-installation and has since derived a list of final tasks that need to be done.
As stated in Hemp, Inc.'s press release 9/29/2015, the processing plant continues to be prepped for maximum operational efficiency. An electrical contractor is currently on site assembling the electrical wiring. Thus far, fifty percent of the wiring has already been laid in the cable trays.
The fact that hemp is not yet legal in North Carolina played no role in setting up shop in North Carolina. Executives say the company will process kenaf until Senate Bill 313 goes into effect. "Even with the kenaf, we expect it to produce millions of dollars in revenue a year, which is already legal and very lucrative," said Perlowin.
From hemp historian John Dvorak's research, in 1619, it was illegal not to grow hemp in Jamestown, Virginia because it was one of the country's most valuable resources. Colonists were ordered to grow 100 plants specifically for fiber export. States actually encouraged hemp cultivation. However, marijuana prohibition and the dominance of the cotton industry set in. Today, Americans want to take advantage of the lucrative hemp cash crop.
HempX, the family-friendly free event held a few days ago, is one event of many that is educating Americans on the importance of hemp. HempX sought to educate both young and old about the multiple uses and benefits of industrial hemp. Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp, Inc., David Schmitt, COO of Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, LLC, and, Philip Boyer, Director of Operations all attended the HempX event in Asheville, North Carolina.
When asked the difference between hempcrete and hemp adobe in the latest video update, Hodge said hemp adobe is a refractory (a substance resistant to heat) made of magnesium. Magnesium, coupled with hemp, makes a very structural substance, whereas hempcrete is more of an insulator. Hemp Adobe Homes is in the process of giving Industrial Hemp Manufacturing, LLC a quote for the project. The foundation pad needs to be completed within 60 days.
Perlowin also met with Brian Bullman, Managing Member of Carolina Canna Distributors, LLC, during HempX. His entire staff was at their booth selling Hemp, Inc.'s cosmeceuticals, along with other hemp products and their line of energy drinks (CannaEnergy). Hemp, Inc. and Carolina Canna Distributors solidified a new distributorship agreement which will put Hemp, Inc.'s products in as many of their 400 store channels of distribution, as possible. Perlowin also met with John Agar, North Carolina representative from District 115. "He was amazed and surprised at the scope of the project taking place in Spring Hope. Being a farmer, he was very receptive to moving the ball forward in legalizing hemp in D.C."