An arrest was made late Monday in South Carolina in the weekend murder of a Carthage hemp farmer.

Christopher Benton McLeod, 29, of 2260 Farm Life School Road, was shot about 7:30 p.m. near Hartsville, Darlington County Sheriff James Hudson.

Hartsville is about 25 miles northwest of Florence.

Hudson said the case is still under investigation and he declined to provide additional information.

WBTW, a Myrtle Beach TV station, reported that the shooting happened near the Hartsville airport.

McLeod was one of the owners of Farm Life Hemp LLC on land that the McLeod family has farmed for five generations, according to the operation’s website.

Hemp is a cannabis plant but has less of THC, a psychoactive ingredient, than marijuana.

Cannabinoid, or CBD, oil which is derived from hemp plants, has many uses and has become a hot market item in recent years.

North Carolina allows hemp farmers to harvest crops as long as they have cultivators license.

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