A bill advancing in the New Jersey legislature would create a pilot program to study the cultivation of industrial hemp and allow the licensing of growers and distributors.
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora says hemp could be a viable agricultural crop in the state.
“While hemp may be a cousin of marijuana, it has absolutely no psychotropic value. People use it clothing, in rope, in food, in oils, shampoos.”
Senator Declan O’Scanlon says the restrictions on hemp date from a time when it was misunderstood.