New Mexico Industrial Hemp Bill Approved by Second House Committee, Already Passed Full Senate
New Mexico’s House Judiciary Committee has voted 10 to 1 to approve the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, which would legalize the cultivation of hemp for research purposes, and pave the way for commercial hemp production once there’s a change in federal law.
The proposal was approved last week with a unanimous vote by the state’s House Agriculture, Water and Wildlife Committee, and it was passed by the full Senate with a 33 to 8 vote earlier this month.
If approved into law, the measure would establish a regulatory system for the cultivation and production of hemp, with hemp research to be conducted by the Department of Agriculture in conjunction with New Mexico State University.
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 for final consideration.