New Mexico agriculture officials seek comment on hemp rule
September 9, 2018
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Agriculture Department wants to hear from the public about a new rule that has been developed to guide the cultivation of hemp.
The agency has scheduled public meetings in Las Cruces, Espanola, Albuquerque, Clovis and Carlsbad. The first one will be Oct. 12 in Las Cruces and the last day to submit written comments will be Oct. 16.
The proposed rule establishes licensure requirements, fee caps, inspection and sampling requirements and testing processes.
The rule was prompted by federal legislation and a measure subsequently passed by state lawmakers that cleared the way for the state agriculture department to administer an industrial hemp program.
The hemp bill was among those at the center of a dispute over the extent of the governor's veto powers. The New Mexico Supreme Court ultimately sided with lawmakers.