New Mexico’s infant hemp law leaves questions for potential growers

Submitted by Norm on Mon, 10/09/2017 - 19:14

New Mexico has joined a growing number of states in allowing hemp production, but the new law is vague about when cultivation may begin and how the program will work.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, the state’s hemp law went on the books Thursday, the result of a lawsuit between state legislators who approved the bill and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who vetoed it.

Under the new law, New Mexico State University will develop rules for growing hemp on behalf of the state Department of Agriculture.

But the law doesn’t stipulate how long that process will take, nor does it specify how many hemp growers will be allowed, how much they’ll have to pay in licensing fees or whether they’ll be allowed to make a profit from their crops... read more at: