Although hemp and marijuana are related, supporters of the crop say industrial hemp is nothing like marijuana and cannot be used as a drug. Experts say the most common misconception of Hemp is that it's a drug. But as local farmers say it's not marijuana and can’t get you high at all. It's a crop, just like corn or wheat.
Ralph said a challenge her company has faced so far was waiting to receive the permit and getting the facility up and running, which put them about six weeks behind planting season. She said by opening up the applications now for next year, it will provide applicants plenty of time to get set up before next year's planting season.
“Our processing equipment is coming home. We're spending thousands and thousands of dollars into infrastructure. We’re already now currently employing 18 full-time employees, we've got 4 part-time employees and we plan on seeing that number rise drastically over the summer due to this operation here. So, there's a lot of things going on that now. I'm spending my money in South Carolina, and I’m not having to spend it in Kentucky," Ralph said.
Palmetto Harmony will open its first retail storefront in Downtown Conway this June.
- Be a South Carolina resident;
- Pass a state and federal background check administered by the South Carolina law enforcement division;
- Have a signed contract with an industrial hemp manufacturer/processor; and
- Submit GPS coordinates for the land where industrial hemp will be grown.