Clearing the record on hemp

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To the editor:

For several weeks there has been intense discussions across the state concerning the hemp provisions contained in the 2019 Farm Act moving through the General Assembly.

It has come to my attention that in some social media outlets my position on the hemp legislation is being misrepresented.

It is correct that I strongly oppose smokable hemp for what I consider to be very good reasons. However, I strongly support all other hemp products.

Nothing in the House version, which I support, of the Farm Act prevents any farmer from producing any hemp products or from selling any hemp products to anyone who can legally receive, process, transport, buy, sell, or use legally in their jurisdiction.

The Senate proposed banning smokable hemp in North Carolina effective Dec. 1, 2020 and the House proposed banning smokable hemp in North Carolina effective May 1, 2020 which is seven months earlier as a compromise with law enforcement to secure their support for the bill. That gives farmers, who have produced smokable hemp the opportunity to sell their smokable product in North Carolina, until May 1, 2020.

You cannot distinguish smokable hemp from marijuana and there is no accredited field test that can accurately tell the difference.

I strongly oppose the legalization of marijuana and since you cannot tell the difference between smokable hemp and marijuana I currently oppose smopkable hemp and will continue to do so until there is an accredited field test that secures for law enforcement the tools they need to fight the never ending scourge of drug use destroying so many lives and families in our state and nation.

I welcome all discussions by email to jimdixon222@att.net.

Rep. Jimmy Dixon

House District 4, Warsaw

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