Hemp growers in North Carolina look to the future of medical marijuana

Wilson, NC (AP) – The only commercial cannabis grower in Wilson County says that if medical marijuana becomes legal in North Carolina, he will be a good candidate to grow it with the knowledge he has acquired.

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

Langley said he’s pleased with the federal regulatory oversight, from testing to easy access to federal officials.

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

Langley put the first cannabis plants in the ground on April 16, 2019, and now he harvests hemp approximately every five weeks from four weather-lit greenhouses.

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