New Mexico’s House of Representatives has voted 54 to 12 to approve Senate Bill 94, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, which has already passed the state’s Senate. It now heads to Governor Susana Martinez for consideration.
If approved into law, Senate Bill 94 would legalize the cultivation of hemp for research purposes, establishing a regulatory system for those wanting to grow the plant. Research would be conducted by the Department of Agriculture in conjunction with New Mexico State University. The proposal would also allow for the legalization of hemp for industrial purposes, though that won’t take effect until there’s a change in federal law.
Although Governor Susana Martinez is opposed to the legalization of cannabis, she has indicated in the past that she’s supportive of legalizing hemp, and will likely sign the bill soon.