Former SC state Rep. Chip Limehouse’s family has been farming in the Palmetto State for eight generations.
“I’ve spent more hours on a tractor than I can remember,” said Limehouse, who represented Charleston in the S.C. House of Representatives for 22 years.
But Tuesday, Limehouse was clearing an additional 20 acres of his 150-acre farm in Aiken County for a new crop – hemp.
Limehouse and former Clemson head football coach Danny Ford are two of 20 South Carolina farmers who recently received the state’s first permits to grow up to 20 acres of the crop, which has myriad uses from food to clothing to composites for car and airplane parts to oils for medicines and dietary supplements.
Hemp is a cousin of marijuana without the chemicals that gets you high. But it has been banned in South Carolina since World War II.
“I’m as pro-law enforcement as you can get; but it’s mystifying to me why we banned it in the first place,” Limehouse said Tuesday. “This could be as big as cotton, rice or indigo. It