Industrial Hemp On Schedule For Several Committees At New Mexico State Legislature This Week.
One bill has made it through two committees and is awaiting a vote on the Senate Floor. Senate Bill 6, titled Industrial Hemp Research Rules, first gives permission to qualified entities to grow hemp by changing the current New Mexico statues on agriculture. This includes the process and responsibility of issuing licenses, defining the parameters of type of research that can be done, and rules for the establishment and management of a fund that will be given to NMSU to conduct research.
The second half of the bill adds language to the existing Controlled Substances Act. This section first tackles the definition of “marihuana,” setting limits on the amount of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC for a plant to be considered ineligible for industrial hemp use and to instead be defined as a controlled substance. Language was also added into the law right above the provision that addresses the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Care Act, allowing for the cultivation of industrial hemp by qualified entities.
The four bills in the house right now are moving through committees and are not being met with much opposition so far.
House Bill 144, which is identical to Senate Bill 6; House Bill 154 and House Bill 166 all passed the Agriculture, Water & Wildlife committee and all three are on the schedule for the Labor and Development committee.