By: Angela Garrity
WBTV reports that the midnight deadline to remove hemp products from York County shelves in South Carolina looms closer. Prosecutors call some of the products available for purchase “illegal”.
The decision on the Wednesday midnight deadline comes after a meeting that included the heads of York County law enforcement agencies and the county drug unit, 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett said. The S.C. Attorney General has said in an opinion that aside from licensed growers of legal hemp, it is illegal to possess hemp in South Carolina, Brackett said.
“We are hoping people get rid of it and no one gets charged,” Brackett said of the deadline decision. “We are trying to be reasonable and give people a chance to get rid of these products.”
Approximately 60 licenses for hemp growing have been issued statewide, leaving retailers confused about what is legal.
The South Carolina Department of Agriculture states on its website: “Legally, THC levels determine whether the substance is considered an agricultural product or a regulated drug. The new South Carolina law defines industrial hemp as any part of the plant with a THC concentration that does not exceed .3% on a dried weight basis. Anything above that is considered marijuana and is illegal in the state.”
Last week, a few police agencies in the state, made hemp product arrests.
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