Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Jersey passes Industrial Hemp Bill

TRENTON, NJ — Both chambers of the New Jersey legislature voted Monday to enact a bill establishing industrial hemp cultivation licenses in the state.

The bill, Senate Bill 3110, was approved unanimously in the Senate on Monday by a 37-0 vote, followed in the Assembly by a vote of 65-8.  The bill now heads to the desk of Governor Chris Christie for final approval.

Under the bill, the Secretary of Agriculture can begin issuing licenses for the legal cultivation of industrial hemp, but not until the United States government takes action to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act, unless the Drug Enforcement Administration grants New Jersey a permit allowing hemp cultivation in the state.

The bill provides specific application procedures and requirements, including fingerprinting and criminal background checks for industrial hemp license applicants.

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