Legislation that clears the way for the industrial production of hemp and related products in New Mexico has been signed into law.
Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill that establishes a state regulatory framework for an emerging hemp industry.
Oversight responsibilities are spread across the New Mexico departments of agriculture, health and environment.
Bill sponsor and state Rep. Derrick Lente of Sandia Pueblo said the legislation aims to help farmers and manufacturers comply with federal and state laws as they develop products such as textiles and CBD.
The legislation also allows federally recognized Native American communities to develop their own regulations and licensing procedures.
State authorities finalized hemp rules proposed by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture in December.
The new hemp law will go into effect in July.
– Associated Press and Hemp Industry Daily
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