Do you want to grow hemp in North Carolina?

NC Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for hemp farmers.

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the NC Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. Given that NOrth Carolina is my home state I’ve been watching this process closely and am pleased to say that the program appears to be robust and well thought out.

There is no fee to apply for a license; however, there are fees required in order for a license to be issued. Fees are broken into two categories; initial fee and graduated annual fees. The initial fee for all license holders is $250. The annual fees are $250 for 49 acres or less, and $500 for 50 acres or more. All licenses holders are required to pay an additional fee of $2/acre or $2/square foot of greenhouse, whichever is applicable.

If you are interested in participating in the NC Industrial Hemp Pilot Program and have questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me.


Rod Kight is a lawyer based in Asheville, NC. He is licensed in North Carolina and Oregon and represents legal cannabis businesses. You can contact him by clicking here.

Posted: February 27, 2017

8 comments on “Do you want to grow hemp in North Carolina?Add yours →

    1. Thanks for your comments, Greggory. In fact, the General Assembly is currently considering two bills (one in the House (HB 185) and an analogous one in the Senate (SB 648)) to legalize medical marijuana. They are both in Committee right now. I encourage you and others to reach out to your NC Representatives to show support for these bills.

    1. Unfortunately, you will not be able to obtain a license to grow industrial hemp in NC unless you receive income from faring.

  1. I order to be part of the pilot program, is there a minimum acreage or number of plants stated? I would love to grow a small amount strictly for CBD oil. This is to see if it’s somethibf I could turn into a business once it is legalized. I currently use CBD oil for joint pain.

    1. Thank you for reading and commenting, Lorri. Currently, in North Carolina there are no minimums on acreage or number of plant starts. (This may change since NC is under temporary rules.) Good luck with your business.

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