Legislative Bill 1001, a proposal to legalize industrial hemp, has been given unanimous approval through Nebraska’s Senate Judiciary Committee.
Under the proposed law, which now moves towards a full Senate vote, industrial hemp would be explicitly legalized by removing it from the state’s list of controlled substances. Farmers would be authorized to cultivate industrial hemp once receiving a license from the state; the license fee would be set at $150 annually.
“I think it can really help small America, and that’s why I introduced it and hopefully it can help somebody,” says Senator Norm Wallman, the bill’s prime sponsor.
The bill was approved with a 7 to 0 vote.