The New Jersey Senate Economic Growth Committee has given approval to Senate Bill 3110, a proposal to legalize industrial hemp.
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. According to advocates, the measure would bring forth numerous jobs to the state, and would allow residents to take part in a rapidly growing industry.
In the Assembly, a companion measure – Assembly Bill 2415 – has already been approved through two committees, and now awaits a full Assembly vote, where it’s expected to pass, according to Representative Connie Wagner, a sponsor of the bill.
Senate Bill 3110 now moves to its 2nd committee, before going to a full Senate vote.
If the measure is approved through the Senate and Assembly, it will be up to Governor Christie to veto the proposal, sign it into law, or let it become law without his signature. He has yet to comment on what he might do.