New Mexico’s House Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee has unanimously passed the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, a proposal to legalize the cultivation and production of hemp for research purposes. The proposal passed the full Senate with a 33 to 8 vote earlier this month.
The proposal, filed by Senator Cisco McSorley, would establish a regulatory system for the cultivation and production of hemp for those wanting to conduct research on the crop. The proposal also allows for the cultivation of cannabis for commercial purposes, though that portion of the law won’t take effect until there’s a change in federal law.
The bill now heads towards a full House vote, where is passage will send it to Governor Susana Martinez – who supports the measure – for consideration.