New Mexico Court Rules Governor’s Veto of Hemp Bills is Unconstitutional, Laws Can Take Effect

Justices on the New Mexico Supreme Court have upheld a lower court’s decision that strikes down Governor Susana Martinez’s veto of two industrial hemp bills.

Governor Martinez’s vetoes of House Bill 144 and Senate Bill 6 is unconstitutional, the justices ruled, meaning the two measures can officially become law. The proposals permit the Department of Agriculture to issue licenses for the cultivation of industrial hemp for research and development purposes in compliance with federal provisions (Section 7606) of the 2014 Farm Act.

Justices on the Court ruled the governor’s vetoes unconstitutional based on the fact that she failed to provide any written explanation for her vetoes, meaning that legislators had no guideline for revising the bills in a way that would lead to her signing the measures or allowing them to become law without a signature. Eight others measures that the governor vetoed, which are unrelated to hemp or cannabis, will also take effect due to a lack of explanation.

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Alaska Governor Signs Bill Legalizing Hemp

Alaska Governor Bill Walker has signed into law a bill legalizing industrial hemp.

Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 6 today, which was filed by Senator Shelley Hughes. The measure was passed unanimously by both the Senate (18 to 0) and House of Representatives (36 to 0).

The new law legalizes industrial hemp by separating hemp from the definition of marijuana. This effectively removes hemp from the state’s list of controlled substances, allowing it to be grown as an agricultural commodity.  Senate Bill 6 also clarifies that “cannabidiol oil is not included in the definition of “hashish oil””,and clarifies that “adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product”.

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Alaska Bill to Legalize Hemp Passed by Legislature, Sent to Governor

Legislation to legalize industrial hemp in Alaska has been passed by the state’s full legislature, sending it to Governor Bill Walker for consideration.

Senate Bill 6 – filed by Senator Shelley Hughes – was passed today by the Alaska Senate in a unanimous 18 to 0 vote. The vote comes just a few days after the House of Representatives approved the bill, also unanimously (36 to 0). The measure now goes to Governor Walker, who can sign the measure into law, allow it to become law without his signature, or veto it (though the legislature can overturn a veto with a 2/3rds majority).

The proposed law legalizes industrial hemp by separating hemp from the definition of marijuana. This would remove hemp from the state’s controlled substances list, allowing it to be grown as an agricultural commodity.  Senate Bill 6 also clarifies that “cannabidiol oil is not included in the definition of “hashish oil””,and clarifies that “adding industrial hemp to food does not create an adulterated food product”.

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Alaska House Unanimously Approves Bill to Legalize Hemp

Alaska’s House of Representatives has given approval to a bill that would legalize industrial hemp. 

Senate Bill 6 was passed today by the House of Representatives in a unanimous 36 to 0 vote. Filed by Senator Shelley Hughes, the proposal would separate hemp from the definition of marijuana, removing it entirely from the Alaska list of controlled substances. This would legalize the plant, allowing it to be grown an agricultural commodity. The measure has already unanimously passed the state’s full Senate, but needs to go back for a final concurrence vote before it can be sent to Governor Bill Walker for consideration.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with today’s vote, and I thank the House of Representatives for their strong support”, Senator Hughes said following the House’s vote. “As an agricultural crop, hemp has significant economic potential for Alaska as its uses are widespread and varied. It is also quite appropriate that this bill passed on Presidents’ Day. Many of our founding fathers, including Presidents’ George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, grew hemp.”

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