An additional set of policymakers in North Carolina has signed off on banning smokable hemp till December 2020 in hopes that tests will be created by then to distinguish the plant from marijuana.

The state Residence Judiciary Committee voted to approve the original measure passed by the Senate, which would make smokable hemp legal till December 2020, permitting time for the differentiation of hemp from marijuana and for the hemp business to perform with law enforcement to create a compromise.

Earlier this month, the Residence Agriculture Committee authorized a measure to ban smokable hemp by December.

Final week, the Residence Finance Committee authorized a different measure to criminalize smokable hemp and classify it as marijuana.

Residence Agriculture chair Jimmy Dixon, who had pushed for the earlier ban on smokable hemp and championed the measure to criminalize the solution, changed his position, Raleigh Television station WRAL reported

He alternatively encouraged the Residence Judiciary Committee to continue to differentiate smokable hemp from marijuana and vote in favor of the Senate version of the bill, which would delay the ban till subsequent year.

North Carolina’s Bureau of Investigation is pushing for the ban, saying it is tricky for law enforcement to discern smokable hemp from marijuana.

Hemp business members testified in the Judiciary Committee hearing that the earlier ban would devastate hemp farms making smokable hemp flower.

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