New Jersey Assembly Committee Approves Industrial Hemp Legislation

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director November 25, 2013

    njnormThe New Jersey Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted 4-1 in favor of Assembly Bill 2415. This legislation would legalize the licensed cultivation of industrial hemp. Members of NORML New Jersey were present to testify in favor of this legislation.

    “We commend the Committee for taking a common sense approach to allow the growth of industrial hemp in New Jersey,” stated NORML New Jersey Executive Director Evan Nison, “Our cannabis laws are nonsensical, and few issues embody this more obviously and plainly than the prohibition of industrial hemp. We hope the absurdity of these laws will encourage members of the legislature and the public to reevaluate marijuana laws across the board.”

    “The passage of this bill will help pressure the Federal Government to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp, much like nearly all other industrialize counties do, to help our environment and provide another crop for farmers.” Nison continued, “Many members of Congress are already supportive of such reforms, and states showing an eagerness to allow this crop will encourage Congress to get it done. ”

    The United States is the only developed nation that fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an economic crop, according to a 2005 Congressional Resource Service (CRS) report. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa that contains only minute (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Farmers worldwide grow hemp commercially for fiber, seed, and oil for use in a variety of industrial and consumer products, including food and clothing. Assembly Bill 2415 would allow New Jersey to authorize a licensed, statewide hemp industry. A2415 now awaits action on the floor of the New Jersey Assembly.

    For more information contact Evan Nison, Executive Director of NORML New Jersey at Evan@normlnj.org

    NJ: You can quickly and easily contact your elected officials in support of this legislation using NORML’s Take Action Center here.

    20 Responses to “New Jersey Assembly Committee Approves Industrial Hemp Legislation”

    1. J says:

      Ray says:
      November 25, 2013 at 11:00 pm
      “Industrial hemp has so many uses it makes you wonder what the hell happened so many years ago, prohibition? Really?”

      Reefer Madness…A racially driven yellow journalism campaign to make white society fear blacks(Jamaican, African, Haitian etc..), Mexicans and Arabs stealing/killing their kids, making them pregnant and joining gangs…other than that the whole “documentary” was orchestrated by Big Oil, Big Pharma, Big Agro and Big Hygiene while being presented by the president Roosevelt and H.J. Anslinger…I always thought it was Nixon though.

    2. R some fools calling cannabis an opioid?

    3. Bob Cramer says:

      I don’t see NJ farmers going along with this bill . What farmer would want to pay for a license and have his finger prints and also pay for a criminal background check ? Whats next a license to grow corn ? its just ridiculous .

    4. Joe Neagle says:

      Maybe there is light on the horizon, I have not had a raise on my job in 18yrs. Would like to be back on the farm from when I was a young lad. What would be the prospects. Are they positive. I will need some direction. Of course I am new to NORML, I do think now is the time to take the opportunity. Then next generation youth has no idea how long this fight has been, and regulations have killed creativity and growth.

    5. julian says:

      @Dave, check out my link on NORML’S AmazonSmile blog spot. The Guardian newspaper just put a spotlight on ALEC. Amazon, walmart and mcdonalds just pulled funding on ALEC for their involvement in the Trayvon Martin- Zimmerman case. How fitting since after the verdict was the turning point in U.S. History when Obama became the first acting president who openly condemned the drug wars in his response.(to be fair, Jimmy Carter spoke about prioritizing treatment over drug enforcement; the Guardian just broke the story that the U.N. Plans to announce this policy shift in the spring).
      On a follow up, I received a long and heartfelt letter from the National Farmers Union explaining how they’ve been deeply involved in hemp legislation, votehemp and support the hemp research amendment to the pending Farm Bill.
      And the Koch brothers still support ALEC! Its gearing up to be a VERY Interesting election year for cannabis policy. God bless America. And God bless NORML.

    6. barbieq says:

      The “Prohibition” of hemp started with William Randolph Hurst, he owned newspapers and bought papermills to produce the paper. When hemp products were introduced as a superior and less expensive paper, Mr. Hurst ran a propaganda campaign with movies like “Refer Madness” to scare the general public and politicians into prohibiting the growth of hemp/marijuana.

    7. bobwv says:

      Cannabis the Trillion dollar crop.

    8. Elaine says:

      I’ve been buying hemp products from other countries for years; in particular Hemp Milk.

      As we all know, the cannabis laws in here in America are incredibly stupid. Even stupider is to prohibit hemp! I have found that help milk is vastly superior to cow’s milk or any other kind of milk I’ve tried. The fabric that can be made from hemp is superior to most other kinds of fabrics we use.

      I’m glad that at least some portions of our Govt. are starting to realize the error of their ways! Some people have said that our Govt is about 20 years behind the general population when it comes to issues of this nature. I guess that I’m about 20 years ahead of the general population since I’ve been pro-cannabis for about 40 years!

    9. Dave Evans says:

      Well, the only thing ALEC http://www.alec.org/ wants us to do is suck at everything we used to be good at while becoming New China.

      This political group claims non-partisanship, but has a special program for brainwashing Republicans and turning them into Rebublicans. These folks believe anything good for corporations is good for the USA; even if it means destroying our democracy and selling off all the government land to private investors. They don’t want people to vote, they do love the Drug War, they hate regulations but babble about “personal responsibility”. They want illegal guns on our streets.

      They candy coat turds and get them passed as laws. A.L.E.C. stands for American Legislative Exchange Council. Their slogan is ‘We exchange good laws for turds.

    10. Julian says:

      @Jimmy Potseed,
      The farmers have been involved, Jimmy, walking up this 75-year-old hill ever since. The National Farmers Union is watching the hemp research amendment to the pending Farm Bill VERY closely, posting every development on their web page. I just wrote them a letter to join the hemp train and support the end of prohibition to “drive up memberships.” We’ll see what they say in response to me if they are so bold and I’ll post it here.

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