In a significant legislative move, North Carolina lawmakers are pushing for the regulation of kratom, among other hemp-derived products like CBD and Delta-8. The bill, known as HB 539, has already passed the NC House with unanimous bipartisan support. It mandates that retailers, distributors, and manufacturers obtain a license to sell these products. Mike Sims, co-owner of Crowntown Cannabis, expressed support for the legislation, emphasizing its potential to weed out subpar products from the market. The bill also aims to restrict the sale of kratom to minors and ban it from school premises. If passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, the law will allocate $2 million from the state budget to enforce these new regulations.