New Mexico lays regulatory groundwork for hemp production

April 2, 2019
FILE - In this April 24, 2018 file photo, a hemp plant is pollinated at the Unique Botanicals facility in Springfield, Ore. The Senate has approved legislation to legalize hemp in Idaho. The Senate voted 32-3 Monday, April 1, 2019, to approve the bill that would legalize the growing and selling of hemp products containing 0.3 percent or less of THC, the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — 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 on Monday signed a bill that establishes a state regulatory framework for an emerging hemp industry.

State 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 law as they develop products including hemp textiles and hemp-derived cannabidiol.

The legislation allows federally recognized Native American communities to develop their own regulations and licensing procedures.

Cannabidiol also is known as CBD oil and has become increasingly popular as a health product.

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