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North Carolina proposes smokable hemp ban as demand grows

CLIMAX, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is the latest state considering a ban on smokable hemp, a product that’s exploding along with the health craze surrounding a compound in the plant known as CBD.

Besides federal regulations laid out in the Hemp Farming Act of 2018, the Food and Drug Administration has no additional regulations on smokable hemp, leaving states to figure out how to govern it themselves.

This year, Indiana, Louisiana and Texas banned smokable hemp entirely, while Kansas banned products including hemp cigarettes and cigars. Tennessee prohibited smokable hemp sales to minors.

North Carolina’s House is considering a smokable hemp ban after it recently passed the state Senate.

The legislation focuses primarily on expanding the state’s pilot hemp growing program, which has more than 1,000 licensed hemp growers and 600 registered hemp processors, to position it as a leader in the burgeoning industry. The bill would place more regulations on hemp but also create a hemp licensing commission and establish a fund for regulation, testing and marketing.

North Carolina law enforcement wants the ban, saying officers have no way of distinguishing smokable hemp from marijuana.

Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis plants. Dried, smokable hemp looks and smells the same as marijuana but contains less than 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the compound that gives marijuana its high. Hemp has cannabidiol, or CBD, which many believe helps with pain, anxiety and inflammation, though there’s limited scientific research to support those claims. It’s turning up in products ranging from lotions and cosmetics to diet pills and juices.

The proposed ban would impose a civil penalty of up to $2,500 for anyone who manufactures, sells or possesses smokable hemp.

But scores of farmers in the traditional tobacco state have told lawmakers a ban would hurt them as many deal with hurricane damage and decreased tobacco prices.

Three years ago, Shane Whitaker grew 275 acres of tobacco on his farm in Climax. This year, the second-generation tobacco farmer planted only 75 acres of his former cash crop and decided to grow hemp.

"We’re hoping for a lot of this hemp to replace tobacco," he said. "I’m not for taking part of it off the market."

So far, he said that hemp has been a good source of revenue to keep his farm running.

Second-year hemp farmer Lori Lacy, who has invested more than $190,000 on her 13-acre Franklin hemp farm, said she can make $1,000 for a pound of smokable hemp flower.

"I don’t want our infrastructure and everything that we have built up to this point to go away," Lacy told lawmakers at a May hearing. "I will have to fire people."

Smokable hemp is lucrative partly because farmers just need to dry the hemp flowers. Other products require a complicated, costly process for extracting CBD oil.

Jamie Schau, who analyzes CBD markets for the research firm Brightfield Group, said the market for smokable hemp flower is projected to grow to $70.6 million in 2019, up from $11.7 million in 2018. However, she said stigmas around smoking help keep smokable hemp at only about 1.4 percent of the overall market.

Smokable hemp is especially popular in the South, where no states have legalized recreational marijuana and many haven’t legalized medicinal marijuana, said Eric Steenstra, president of advocacy group Vote Hemp. Still, its popularity has been a surprise, he said: "Nobody really anticipated that anybody would want to smoke (hemp)."

North Carolina’s Senate voted to delay the ban until December 2020 to allow more time to figure out regulation, but a House committee subsequently moved the date a year sooner. That version is continuing to move through the House.

Bill co-sponsor Republican Sen. Brent Jackson of Sampson County prefers the later effective date because he thinks portable tests will be available soon to differentiate hemp from marijuana.

The State Bureau of Investigation and the North Carolina Association Chiefs of Police say delaying the ban would be a "de facto" legalization of marijuana, since people could disguise marijuana as hemp.

Last month, police in Four Oaks charged Amanda Furstonberg, 32, with marijuana possession after they saw her smoking what she says was hemp.

"They had me in tears," she said.

Furstonberg started smoking hemp after a February car accident left her with chronic back pain. To avoid opioids, she tried taking CBD-infused gummies as a pain reliever but wanted something stronger and turned to smokable hemp.

"Within three and five seconds of being able to smoke it, I could tell that my body was starting to feel so much better —the throbbing was going away," she said.

Police Chief Stephen Anderson defended his officers, saying he believed Furstonberg disguised marijuana as hemp. Her case is pending.

For now, farmers continue to grow smokable hemp. This year, Whitaker will plant roughly 30 acres of organic hemp with about 2,400 plants per acre, along with another 800 in a greenhouse.

Driving past empty greenhouses that once held tobacco, Whitaker said farming requires adapting to constant changes.

"It’s the Wild West right now," Whitaker said.

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Woley, Julien rally Auburn past North Carolina 11-7

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Rankin Woley had a 3-run double in the eighth inning, Edouard Julien a 3-run homer in the ninth and Auburn scored nine runs in the last two innings on Saturday to rally for an 11-7 win over North Carolina in the first game of the Chapel Hill super regional.

Tar Heels’ starter Tyler Baum left with one out in the seven inning having allowed just four hits and a 4-2 lead. But five relievers gave up nine runs on six hits. Before the outburst, the Tigers’ (37-25) only runs came on a 2-run homer by Steven Williams in the fifth.

Conor Davis drove in a run with a double in the eighth and another scored on a wild pitch before before Woley’s double to right center gave Auburn its first lead at 7-5. A single and two walks loaded the bases in the ninth. Kason Hollard hit a sacrifice fly before Julien drive to right field for his ninth home run.

North Carolina (45-18) added a pair of runs in the ninth.

Jack Owen gave up four runs on eight hits in his start for the Tigers. Elliott Anderson (7-2) took over in the sixth with Cody Greenhill pitching the last two innings for his 12th save.

Joey Lancellotti (6-43), who gave up Woley’s double, took the loss without recording an out.

Game 2 in the best-of-three series is Sunday.

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North Carolina’s Cam Johnson is no kid; he sees that as a plus in his NBA pitch

Kansas point guard Devon Dotson says his coaches stay in close contact as he explores whether to remain in the NBA draft or return to the Jayhawks. By

North Carolina’s Cameron Johnson has grown accustomed to the “What took you so long?’ question.

NBA executives asked the graduate student, who turned 23 in March, about his late-bloomer reputation constantly during job interviews at the draft combine. So he was well-practiced with the answer by the time he met with media late Friday afternoon.

“They always ask me a little bit about my age and what comes along with that. I just explain that I’ve taken a different route,” Johnson said. “Growing up, in high school, my recruiting was a little different than most (NBA prospects).

“I’ve blossomed into what I’ve become — and what I will become — a little later than some other people.”

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A 6-foot-7 forward, Johnson spent the past two seasons in Chapel Hill after the previous three at Pittsburgh. He received a medical redshirt for the 2014-15 season after injury limited him to eight games. Then, he became a graduate transfer to North Carolina in the summer of 2017 after earning his degree in communications.

All that behind him, he hopes to be a first-round pick in the June 20 draft. A small forward who could possible play some small-ball power forward at the next level, Johnson has a skill that is always in demand: shooting. He was 40.5 percent from the college 3-point line for his career.

So the NBA star he models himself after makes abundant sense.

“The player I study the most is (Golden State Warriors shooting guard) Klay Thompson, with his footwork and the way he gets shots up, the way he scores without too many dribbles,” Johnson said. “Obviously, I have a long way to go to catch him. He’s the best.”

Johnson he knows he needs to improve as a ballhandler and defender. As to that age question, he keeps reminding teams that maturity will make him a low-maintenance rookie.

“Some of these younger guys, 18 or 19 years old, would be going out and living on their own for the first time,” Johnson said. “I feel like I’m at a point in my life where I’d (better) handle a move to another city and handle what the NBA throws at you.”

Jayhawks’ Dotson undecided

Kansas point guard Devon Dotson, who played at Charlotte’s Providence Day School, has a big decision whether to stay in the NBA draft. The current rules give him the time and advice to make a more informed choice.

Dotson has three seasons of college eligibility left, after averaging 12.3 points and 3.5 assists for the Jayhawks. NCAA rules now give him until May 29 to make a decision (a larger window than years ago) and allow him to consult with an agent without risking his remaining college eligibility.

That’s making for an ordered process: Dotson is participating in the draft combine this week, then has workouts scheduled with the Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics, with possibly more to come. His agent is setting up a group workout in California later this month before the deadline to pull out of the draft and retain eligibility.

If Dotson chooses to return to Kansas, he at minimum can use this experience as a dress rehearsal for when he stays in the draft in later years.

“I feel like it’s a win-win; you can’t lose anything,” by entering the draft at least temporarily, he said. “Just looking at the process and going day-by-day.”

Dotson played at Providence Day with Tennessee’s Grant Williams, who has chosen to stay in the draft after graduating in three years.

“It’s fun, going back to the high school days,” Dotson said of hanging out with Williams again. “Sophomore year winning a state championship with him.”

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Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke said Thursday his first workout will be with the Charlotte Hornets, which probably means early next week at Spectrum Center. Two other names to expect in Charlotte between now and the draft: Maryland center Bruno Fernando and Arkansas forward Daniel Gafford. …

Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said he would anticipate as many as 25 total workouts before draft night. In addition to the 12th pick in the first round, the Hornets have two picks in the second round: the 36th overall pick (originally the Washington Wizards’ pick) and the 52nd pick (originally the Oklahoma City Thunder’s). The Hornets’ own second-round pick — 44th overall — goes to the Atlanta Hawks as part of last June’s trade for Devonte Graham’s draft rights.

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North Carolina GOP Chairman Hayes won’t seek re-election

FILE – In this June 3, 2017 file photo North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, N.C. Hayes won’t seek re-election to the post after all, the former congressman announced Monday, April 1, 2019. less FILE – In this June 3, 2017 file photo North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, … more Photo: Mike Spencer, AP

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes won’t seek re-election to the post after all, the former congressman announced Monday.

Hayes said the state GOP’s convention in June will be his last leading the party. Convention delegates will choose his successor.

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The 73-year-old Hayes had initially decided to seek another two-year term, but in a news release from the party he said complications from recent hip surgery led him to change his mind.

Hayes also said it’s a "good time to pass the torch to our strong bullpen of Republican Party leaders."

Hayes served as chairman from 2011 to 2013, then returned in 2016 after the ouster of Chairman Hasan Harnett.

After serving two terms in the General Assembly, Hayes was the 8th District congressman from 1999 through 2008. He ran unsuccessfully for governor in 1996, losing to Democratic Gov. Jim Hunt.

The GOP news release focused on political successes while Hayes was chairman, including presidential vote victories in North Carolina for Mitt Romney in 2012 and Donald Trump in 2016.

Hayes was heavily involved in bringing the 2020 Republican Convention to Charlotte. He will keep his position on the convention host committee.

Hayes "has been one of the most successful NCGOP chairs ever," U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said in the release. "The NCGOP has never been stronger thanks to Robin’s dedicated leadership over the last decade."

A new election was ordered in the 9th Congressional District for late this year after evidence emerged that a political operative in rural Bladen County working for Republican Mark Harris’ campaign last year was illegally collecting ballots.

The next party chairman will work to guide the party through a 2020 election in which races for president, governor and U.S. Senate will be on state ballots. All 170 seats in the General Assembly also will be up for re-election, with control of the 2021 redistricting at stake.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper won in 2016. Democrats made legislative seat gains in 2018 that ended the GOP’s veto-proof control, but Republicans still hold House and Senate majorities.

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Purdue tops North Carolina A&T 14-4 in NCAA elimination game

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Ben Nisle had four hits and drove in four runs to help Purdue beat North Carolina A&T 14-4 in Saturday’s elimination game at the NCAA Tournament’s Chapel Hill Regional.

Jacson McGowan and Skyler Hunter also drove in a pair of runs for the second-seeded Boilermakers (38-20), who lost to Houston on Friday. Purdue trailed 3-2 after three innings but scored four runs in the fourth then added six in the sixth to take control.

Trent Johnson (3-1) took the win with a scoreless inning of work.

Forest Kimbrell, Dawnoven Smith and Greg White drove in runs for the fourth-seeded Aggies (32-25), the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions who lost to regional host and No. 6 national seed North Carolina on Friday.

Michael Johnson (7-2) took the loss, allowing six runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

The game stopped in the eighth for a 2½-hour rain and lightning delay.

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Flooding hits from North Carolina to Florida to New Mexico, more rain headed to Southeast

Flooding has hit from North Carolina to Florida to New Mexico as the Southeast braces for more rain later this week.

Up to 4 inches of rain has fallen near Raleigh, North Carolina, causing flash flooding, stalling cars and prompting water rescues.

Flash flooding stranded drivers and led to road closures in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 21, 2018.

Four more inches of rain brought flooding to some southern Florida neighbors, and some areas have seen more than a foot of rain in the past nine days.

Also, flash flooding prompted water rescues in New Mexico, where at least one person has died.

Emergency workers come to the aid of people stranded by floodwaters in New Mexico, May 21, 2018.

This unsettled pattern will continue around the country with more flash flooding possible in spots.

The biggest threat for flooding will be in the Southeast over the next several days, as tropical moisture continues to stream into the region.

Weather map showing rainfall expected in the Southeast U.S. for Saturday, May 26, 2018.

A disturbance in the northern Caribbean might develop into a tropical or subtropical cyclone over the next several days but, whether it develops or not, more heavy rain is forecast for the Southeast this week.

Some areas could see more than 6 inches of rain today through Saturday.

Weather map showing rainfall expected in the Southeast U.S. for May 22-May 26, 2018.

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North Carolina voters dump Democratic sheriff who backed ICE deportation program

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t even close.

Voters in North Carolina’s largest county, which includes Charlotte, ousted their sheriff last week in a Democratic primary fought over immigration and criminal justice reform.

Advocates like the American Civil Liberties Union, which invested an unusually large amount of money in the race, hope to use it as a model as they look for ways to resist the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown at all levels of government.

"We are absolutely seeking to put folks on notice," said Ronald Newman, the director of strategic initiatives for the civil liberties group.

The ACLU spent $175,000 in Mecklenburg County — almost three times the amount the winner on Tuesday raised in the first quarter of the year — helping to turn around a race that internal polling showed was the incumbent’s to lose.

Garry McFadden, a retired homicide detective who has been recognized by former President Barack Obama, won the three-way primary on Tuesday with 52 percent of vote.

Incumbent Sheriff Irwin Carmichael came in a distant third, with 20 percent of the vote, blaming "outside influences" and the immigration issue for his loss, even as he defended his policies.

There is no Republican on the ballot in the general election, so McFadden is effectively sheriff-elect.

The issue at the center of the campaign was an immigration program known as 287(g), in which local law enforcement agencies partner with Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) to turn over undocumented immigrants arrested on unrelated crimes.

The program has taken on new significance as ICE steps up its raids under Trump and cities in blue states rush to declare themselves "sanctuary" cities.

Carmichael defended Mecklenburg County’s participation in the program, even appearing on Fox News in March to push back on critics who "say that we’re ripping families apart."

"I always tell everyone, you will never ever encounter this program unless you are arrested and charged with a crime," he said.

McFadden, who is African-American, ran on a pledge to end local participation in the 287(g) program, improve police transparency, and enhance conditions at the jail run by the department.

He blames the program for creating roadblocks in several murder cases that remain unsolved, arguing that some witnesses refuse to cooperate with police out of fear they’ll be put on ICE’s radar.

"The witnesses are scared," he told NBC News. "We can make progress, but we need to have the community involved."

The ACLU, which only started to get seriously involved in elections after Trump’s unexpected victory, does not support or oppose candidates. Instead, it made a scorecard in this contest explaining where each sheriff candidate stood on key issues like immigration, and advocated for its own stance against the 287 (g) program, using phone banks, canvasses, and radio and digital ads to get the word out.

As Democratic pollster Mark Mellman ‏noted, the Democratic-leaning voters in big cities increasingly want their local officials to stand up to Trump, even in the South.

And while criminal justice reform may have stalled in Washington, advocates are notching victories on the local level.

"These decision are made 100 times more frequently by a sheriff, or DA, or police chief than they are by an individual member of Congress," said the ACLU’s Newman. "On a pure impact-per-dollar perspective, it’s where you can have more impact."

Last year, Philadelphia elected reformist District Attorney Larry Krasner, while a liberal won a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court for the first time in years. Later this month, a candidate favored by reformers is favored to advance in the runoff for sheriff of Dallas County in Texas.

They also hope the outcome is a sign that immigration can be a political winner as Republicans play up fears of undocumented immigrant gangs like MS-13 in campaign ads this year.

McFadden, who once hosted a true-crime TV series based on his career and earned praise from Obama in the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement, has big plans.

"What I’m going to do here is just going to be totally different," he said. "Now I have a sandbox big enough for all my toys."

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North Carolina teenager accepted into 113 colleges

North Carolina teen accepted to 113 colleges

Could you pull off this feat?

A North Carolina teenager recently announced she had been accepted into 113 colleges, WFMY reports.

"When I got the first couple in the mail, I was like, ‘Oh wow, this is really happening,’” Jasmine Harrison, 17, told the news station. “I didn’t really think I’d be able to do that by myself.”

The teenager — a student with The Academy at Smith — was also “awarded more than $4.5 million in merit-based scholarships,” WFMY added.

The cost to apply to the dozens of schools reportedly totaled $135, thanks to assistance from the teen’s mom and school staff.


To avoid paying costly application fees, Harrison “took advantage of the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) College Application Week, where she was apple to apply to a number of North Carolina schools for free," the station explained.

She also applied to more than 50 historically black colleges and universities via the Common Black College Application.

“On those late nights when I was filling out those applications with my mom and we just felt like we cannot do this, we just ended up singing gospel songs together to get through the night,” Harrison confided.

The school she picked: Bennet College in Greensboro. It’s one of three that reportedly offered a full ride.

Harrison didn’t get into every school she applied to, however.

The New York Times reports that the high school senior was rejected by Seton Hall University and the University of South Carolina.

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NBA Draft 2018: North Carolina star Luke Maye declares, does not hire agent

North Carolina junior forward Luke Maye has declared for the NBA Draft but has not hired an agent, the school announced on its Twitter account Monday.

Maye was a first-team All-ACC and third-team All-America selection in 2017-18 after averaging 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game for the Tar Heels.

Maye has until May 30 (10 days after the end of the NBA combine) to withdraw his name from draft consideration and return to UNC.

"This is a great opportunity for Luke," North Carolina head coach Roy Williams said in a press release. "This is what the system is designed to do, which is provide players with an opportunity to work out with NBA teams and get feedback from those teams. Our staff will support Luke and will do whatever we can to help him throughout this process."

Maye was a role player for the Tar Heels as a sophomore in 2016-17 but had a breakout NCAA Tournament. He reached double-digits in three tournament games and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the South Regional. North Carolina went on to win the national title that season.

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Maye was the Tar Heels leading rebounder and second leading scorer this season. He also recorded 17 double-doubles — including a 13-point, 11-rebound performance in North Carolina’s second-round NCAA Tournament loss to Texas A&M — and shot 43.1 percent from 3-point range.

Maye does not appear in Sporting News’ latest 2018 NBA mock draft.

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