Despite being relatives, hemp and marijuana have varying contents of THC. When a CBD product is extracted from hemp, THC levels vary from 0% to 0.3%. 0.3% is a benchmark that separates legal CBD from illegal . Broad-spectrum and isolated CBD oils don’t have THC, while products classified as full-spectrum feature up to 0.3%.
Unlike other states that immediately embraced the CBD oil industry, North Carolina has been more stringent in its laws. The shining light in North Carolina’s inability to conform was found in 2014 when the first Cannabis related bill came to pass the state’s government. Known as the House Bill 1220, it allowed for children with epilepsy to have access to CBD oil provided that the THC level was under .9% and the oil contained only 5% CBD.
What is NC’s Stance?
Time has passed since the 2014 House Bill 1220 and the federal government legalizing CBD use in 2018, but North Carolina remains closely guarded in their acceptance of CBD oil use. Currently, CBD products and marijuana carry a penalty in the state of North Carolina. Those found in possession of less than half an ounce can face misdemeanor charges and if found with more than half an ounce, you will most likely be serving time incarcerated.
“Our goal has been simply to let people know when they are interacting with real people, not bots, and our badging system — particularly our red badge — was designed with this purpose in mind,” she said. “We are currently refining our badging system to make it more effective at this, and to address recent attempts by spammers to game our verification processes.”
On Dec. 5, an account that said it was Vice President Mike Pence’s “Official Profile” on the conservative social network Parler posted a link to a Trump Challenge Coin giveaway.
The fake accounts masqueraded as popular right-wing figures, as well as conservative news sources and average Trump fans, with the goal of earning money. Their ability to quickly attract followers and hundreds of thousands of views shows how Parler’s current growth spurt and freewheeling, anti-censorship ethos has created opportunities for manipulation and financial schemes. The platform experienced rapid growth thanks to promotion from Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Devin Nunes, and other Republicans who pitch it as a place free from censorship. Along with fake accounts preying on Trump fans, the Washington Post reported that Parler, which is funded by the billionaire Mercer family who bankrolled right-wing news site Breitbart and disgraced data firm Cambridge Analytica, is inundated by porn spammers.
“This page is pretending to be a company I own. We aren’t running it,” wrote Wade about the Liberty Writers Parler account. Wade and Goldman now run a political consulting firm.
Pence’s office confirmed that the account, which attracted hundreds of thousands of views, is fake. So are roughly 50 other Parler accounts that masqueraded as prominent Republicans, including White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Donald Trump Jr., and former Trump attorney Sidney Powell to shill sketchy products to Parler’s pro-Trump user base.
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Amy Peikoff, Parler’s chief policy officer, said the platform tries to prevent fake accounts and bots, and noted that they exist on all social platforms. “We would answer any and all claims about fake accounts on Parler by noting that our competitors experience a much larger, more dangerous influx of bots/fake accounts on a regular basis than we do, and they do less than we do, relatively speaking, to curtail the growth of fake accounts,” she told BuzzFeed News. “We are conscientious and cognizant of the problem of impersonator accounts, and we are quick to eliminate any which do not comply with our community guidelines.”
Renée DiResta, research manager of the Stanford Internet Observatory, said Parler has reached the size where it’s worth spamming. “The people who ran this campaign leveraged some pretty typical tropes about liberal elites taking things away from conservatives, framed with the requisite outrage that liberals would do such things, and it seems that it resonated enough for ordinary Parler users to echo their spam posts,” she told BuzzFeed News.
Roughly 50 fake accounts exploited the conservative social network to shill Trump coins, Trump hats, and CBD oil.