New Jersey’s Senate gave unanimous approval today to Senate Bill 3110, a proposal to legalize industrial hemp. A companion measure, Assembly Bill 2415, has already been approved through two committees, and now awaits a full Assembly vote, which could come as soon as this week. If approved through the Assembly, the measure will go to Governor Chris Christie for final consideration.
Under the proposed law, those wanting to cultivate industrial hemp in New Jersey would be authorized to do so once they become licensed with the state’s Secretary of Agriculture.
According to recent congressional research, the U.S. imports roughly half a billion dollars worth of hemp from other countries – primarily China and Canada – while retaining the illegality of its cultivation. According to the same research, the hemp market consists of over 25,000 various products.