US (NM): NMSU regents approve New Mexico hemp rule

The hemp manufacturing rule proposed by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture was unanimously approved by New Mexico State University's board of regents on Wednesday. 

The regulations follow the requirements of the new Hemp Manufacturing Act signed into law by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham following the 2019 legislative session. The law authorizes the NMDA and the New Mexico Environment Department to regular hemp research production, from the breeding and cultivation of plants, the manufacturing process, and laboratories and production facilities.

Under statute, the NMDA's rule requires approval by the university regents.

The hemp plant belongs to the cannabis sativa species and is cultivated worldwide as a commodity, and processed for a range of industrial and commercial products using its fiber and oil.


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