WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Hempleton, a Wilmington-based business that operates The Hemp Farmacy, is working on a grassroots campaign to fight recent regulations on edible CBD products.
In February, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services sent letters to businesses informing them that selling CBD in food, drinks, and animal treats is illegal.
For Justin Hamilton, the founder of Hempleton, the impact is huge. Edible CBD products make up around 20 percent of the company’s income and he plans to push back. In the past 30 days, Hempleton has been building a campaign through the retail market that will take comments from the public and present them to the FDA on May 31.
“We’ve already involved government officials, associations to all try to better understand this and help make laws that make sense. However, now I think the pressure needs to come from the consumers,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton predicts that the consumer reaction will be so great that edible CBD products will return to the marketplace in the next couple of years.
Additionally, Hempleton has been working to make a visible presence for themselves within the local government.
Two weeks ago, Hamilton met with the head of the NC Department of Agriculture, Steve Trexler, to discuss this issue and voice his concerns. He has also worked with local FDA representatives in North Carolina in an attempt to become more visible in the bureaucratic process.