The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved the New Mexico Department of Agriculture's proposed hemp manufacturing rule at its Sept. 4 meeting.The …
The New Mexico State University Board of Regents approved the New Mexico Department of Agriculture's proposed hemp manufacturing rule at its Sept. 4 meeting.
The rule grants the Department of Agriculture authority to license and inspect laboratories that test raw hemp as well as hemp breeders who possess plants containing greater than 0.3 percent and less than 5 percent tetrahydracannabisol (THC).
Legal authority to approve the rule is granted to the Board of Regents under Chapter 76, Article 24, Section 1, NMSA 1978 Compilation.
The state agriculture department held two rule-making hearings for the public in Albuquerque and Las Cruces in June of this year. During the 2019 legislative session, House Bill 581, the Hemp Manufacturing Act, was passed and signed into law. It grants NMDA and the New Mexico Environment Department the regulatory authority over manufacturers, processors, labs, researchers and plant breeders.
The 2018 farm bill removed hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act and provided a framework for the growing of hemp. NMDA is currently licensing hemp producers. To apply for a hemp cultivation license, visit nmda.nmsu.edu.
NMDA and NMED have worked closely with producers and processors who are seeking security in the development of the extracting, processing and manufacturing components of this new industry.
To view the entire Hemp Manufacturing Act, visit nmlegis.gov/Sessions/19%20Regular/final/HB0581.pdf. To read the full text of the hemp manufacturing rule, visit nmda.nmsu.edu or the NMDA offices at 3190 S. Espina Street in Las Cruces.
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