This is a map of North Carolina processors registered through the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&SC) Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.

What it is not: A map of hemp farms or retail stores; those maps are coming soon. (Note: Some farms and stores are also registered processors.)

Map data is current as of Jan. 31, created with data provided by the NCDA&SC. If information for your company is incorrect you must update it with the NCDA&CS.

Carolina Cannabis News will update this map periodically when data becomes available. The map was last updated on Feb. 10, 2019.

Processor registration requirements

It’s as easy as mailing a letter.

Those wishing to become registered processors only need to mail a letter stating their intent to become a processor along with this information, per the NCDA&CA instructions “the intention of the facility, as well as the company’s physical address, county, phone number, email address, contact name, and contact address if different from the physical address.”

By registering, processors agree that the hemp used in production contains less than 0.3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) by dry weight.

Annual requirements include reporting to the N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission the total weight of hemp used and type of industrial hemp used from the N.C. Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.

There are no other warnings, potential penalties for failing to comply or other stipulations listed for processors at this time, only this note: “There may be legal obligations. It is recommended you contact your local or county authorities to permit or register your facility. You may want to let your county extension agent know of your intentions so they are aware of your facility’s presence also.”

Business owners know, though, that’s not all they must to do get started.

The government paperwork can include: applying with the N.C. Department of Commerce to obtain a sales tax number;  registering with the county Register of Deeds if your company uses a “doing business as” (DBA) name other than the one listed on the ‘articles of incorporation’ filed with the N.C. Secretary of State; and obtaining an Employer Identification Number (EIN — basically, your company’s social security number) from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Though that list is certainly not all that’s required to start a viable business, it’s were many start.

Additional information:

For information on how to register as a processor click here.

For a similar map limited to processors registered prior to Dec. 31, 2018 click here.

Trivia:

Eight of the 333 currently registered processors are out-of-state, or 0.02 percent.

In January, at least three listings were removed though it appears they were companies on the list twice with two addresses listed originally.

According to our count, 103 new processors were registered in January.

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