A year after the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp production nationwide, the United States Department of Agriculture has approved New Jersey’s proposed hemp growing, processing and selling regulations – including cannabidiol (CBD) – beginning in 2020.

New Jersey is among the first three states and three Native American tribes that the USDA approved hemp regulations for, along with Ohio and Louisiana; as well as Flandreau Santee Sioux, Santa Rosa Cahuilla and La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indian Tribes.

“New Jersey has an enormous head start to launch and profit from both oil-based and fibrous hemp,” said Steve Schain, senior attorney at Hoban Law Group in Cherry Hill, who added the state “leapfrogged” over 16 others with more established hemp programs due to how New Jersey’s policy was written.

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