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The cultivation of industrial hemp in South Carolina dates back to at least the 18th century. In 1733, an act was passed in the colony to encourage the growth of hemp for its "useful manufacture to his Majesty's Royal Navy". The cultivation of industrial hemp was greatly limited nationwide as a result of the federal 1937 Marihuana Tax Act.
In 2017, South Carolina re-legalized the growing of industrial hemp, under the auspices of the federal 2014 Farm Bill. The new legislation permits up to 20 cultivators to hold state licenses for 20 acres (8.1 ha) each, expanding to 50 licenses and 50 acres (20 ha) for 2018.
2014 legalization of CBD
In June 2014, Republican governor Nikki Haley signed into law Senate Bill 1035, "Julian's Law", following a unanimous Senate vote and a 92–5 House vote. The law allows children with severe epilepsy to be treated with CBD oil if recommended by a physician.
- South Carolina (1839). The Statutes at Large of South Carolina: Acts from 1814 to 1838, with an appendix. A.S. Johnston. pp. 651–.
- Wilkinson, Jeff. "South Carolina quietly legalizes growing hemp". www.thestate.com.
- "South Carolina Medical Marijuana Bill Signed by Gov. Nikki Haley". Thedailychronic.net. Retrieved October 31, 2016.