NJ Congress On Board With Hemp, Christie Vetoed Anyway

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The unanimously approved Senate Bill 3110 and Assembly Bill 2415, was a proposal to legalize industrial hemp in New Jersey. This proposal almost helped the economy, almost broke biased barriers, almost dispelled the hemp myth. Almost. Instead, Governor Chris Christie vetoed the bill and decided to burn a new bridge with job creators, health aficionados […]

The unanimously approved Senate Bill 3110 and Assembly Bill 2415, was a proposal to legalize industrial hemp in New Jersey. This proposal almost helped the economy, almost broke biased barriers, almost dispelled the hemp myth. Almost. Instead, Governor Chris Christie vetoed the bill and decided to burn a new bridge with job creators, health aficionados and the eco-conscious community. To play fair, Christie also vetoed 44 other bills, a NJ record, although that doesn’t sound like something to brag about.

New Jersey would have joined the ranks of eight other states – Colorado, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, and West Virginia – in authorizing the growing and possession of industrial hemp. Unfortunately, however, even in the states where industrial hemp is already legal, it is rarely grown. Under Federal law, hemp is not legal to grow in the US, as it is considered a controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. With fear that the federal DEA will raid industrial hemp farms, the reward does not outweigh the risk for many farmers.

A word to the DEA: Hemp is NOT marijuana. Industrial hemp has zero drug value due to its near 0% thc. Yes, they are of the same genus and species, but their purpose is worlds apart. Industrial hemp’s uses range from fabric to paper, and is even an ideal food source. Hemp seeds contain Omega 3 fatty acids and are a complete protein – this means hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids. Industrial hemp is completely sustainable to be grown, is easily cultivated, and yet the US is the only industrialized nation in the world that prohibits the production of hemp. Time to jump on the peace train, US, and get on board with industrial hemp – NJ Congress and the rest of the world know it’s time.

Sources: NORML, NJ.com, National Conference of State Legislatures, Natural News, Regulatemarijuana.org