Another Southern state is increasing farmers’ opportunities to produce hemp with a new law signed this week. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a... New South Carolina law opens up unlimited hemp production

Another Southern state is increasing farmers’ opportunities to produce hemp with a new law signed this week.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill expanding the number of growers who can participate in the state’s hemp program and eliminating a cap on the number of acres they can grow.

Last fall, the state licensed 40 growers to produce hemp in 2019, limiting each to 40 acres, for a total potential of 1,600 acres. That was double the South Carolina limit for 2018.

The new law makes all farmers who applied for a 2019 license eligible to grow hemp in South Carolina, as long as they successfully pass a background check.

“Interest in hemp continues to grow each day, and this expansion will help South Carolina become competitive throughout the entire country,” state Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers said in a statement.

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