Bruce Perlowin, CEO of Hemp Inc., whose Spring Hope facility is the largest hemp processor in the western hemisphere, said he’s excited by the removal of legal issues that have, up to now, hampered development of the industry.
“It took $20 million in three and a half years to build that plant. Now that it’s built, North Carolina becomes the inheritors of that infrastructure,” Perlowin said. “It is going to be hard for farmers anywhere else that don’t have a local processing center to process the hemp. I am glad we did it. North Carolina is a great state and can grow a lot of hemp.”