Two bills to legalize the cultivation and distribution of hemp, while establishing a hemp grower’s license, have been passed out of New Jersey’s Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee. Assemblymember Anthony Bucco (R-25) was the sole no vote.
“More than 20 industrial hemp-producing countries worldwide each generate millions of dollars in revenue selling everything from fabrics to personal care products made from one of the world’s oldest crops,” said Assemblymember Reed Guscoria (D-15), who sponsored the two bills. “We cannot continue to allow misconceptions about the hemp industry to govern decision-making when an opportunity to create good jobs and expand our economy is on the line.”
Assembly Bill 2719 would legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp – described as having 0.3% or less THC – so long as farmers register with the Department of Agriculture. Farmers would be fully allowed to sell the final product, though they would be required to report their sales to the state’s Attorney general.
The second measure, Assembly Bill 2919, would establish a license for those wanting to cultivate hemp.
Both bills now move towards a full Assembly vote.