A proposal that would allow Nebraska farmers to grow and sell industrial hemp has cleared its first hurdle.
In a 7-0 vote, the judiciary committee advanced Sen. Norm Wallman's priority bill Tuesday.
LB 1001 would allow industrial hemp to be planted, grown, harvest and sold in the state.
"I think it can really help small America and that's why I introduced it and hopefully it can help somebody," said Wallman.
If a farmer wants to plant this hemp they would have to pass a criminal history check and pay $150 dollars for a license.
This industrial hemp can only contain less than 1-percent THC.
The next step for this bill is to hit the floor sometime this session for debate.