NJ’s hemp industry starts to grow

The level of THC is the only difference between hemp and marijuana

Details of New Jersey’s recreational marijuana law are still being hammered out in Trenton, but the plant’s milder cousin, hemp, has had legal status since 2018 under the federal Farm Bill. It took until this past spring for the first crop to get planted in the ground while the regulatory framework was being put in place; state regulations had to be approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture before licenses could be issued. The state Department of Agriculture says 81 acres of hemp crops have been planted so far this year and another 2 acres in greenhouses.

The strict regulations have added an extra challenge for farmers, but as Correspondent Leah Mishkin reports, they’re viewing hemp, rather than marijuana, as the next cash crop.