Could Hemp be South Carolina’s Next Cash Crop? - Upstate Business Journal

Opponents of hemp cultivation argue that large fields could be used to hide the cultivation of marijuana. But hemp would neutralize the psychoactive compounds in marijuana, according to John Finamore, executive director of the National Hemp Association.

Hemp and marijuana look alike, because they come from the same plant species. But “industrial hemp” is legally required to contain no more than 0.3 percent of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high. Marijuana, on the other hand, can contain up to 40 percent.

Despite the difference, the Drug Enforcement Administration has listed hemp as a Schedule I drug. South Carolina defines “industrial hemp” as any part of the plant with a THC concentration that does not exceed 0.3 percent on a dried weight basis.

Anything above that is illegal.


Kate Paulley