Sunday, February 25, 2018
North Carolina is an agricultural power house. The state’s farmers contribute over $80 billion to the economy every year and grow all sorts of crops—legally. But some crops are illegal because of public policy or because they create health and/or crime problems. Poppy farming, for example, is illegal because of clear threat—its cultivation is generally perceived to bring the scourge of opiate abuse and violent crime.
The reasons for banning other crops are not so straight forward. Marijuana (also known as cannabis) is both legal and illegal in the United States; and it is criminally dangerous but medically helpful; politically supported, and politically opposed. Tackling the controversial issue of whether marijuana should be legalized is beyond the scope of this article, but you should be aware that marijuana cultivation and its commercialization are illegal in North Carolina.
As attorneys, it’s our business to advise clients not to break the law. So, we recommend that farmers stay away from poppy plants and, at least for now in North Carolina, marijuana.