ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico State University Board of Regents on Thursday voted to remove the final hurdle for industrial hemp production within the state under rules that will take effect Dec. 11.
The program will be administered by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.
Under the state constitution, the Agriculture Department is under the authority of the Board of Regents, and all rule changes must be approved by those individuals.
Prospective hemp producers will have to obtain a license from the Agriculture Department and follow other guidelines in order to be in compliance with the law, said NMSU spokesman Justin Bannister.
In a statement, State Sen. Mary Kay Papen called the hemp law “another tool that allows New Mexico farmers to diversity their crop base and seek new market opportunities.”
The vote was unanimous, with three regents voting to approve the proposal. Two regents had scheduling conflicts and did not attend the meeting,
NMSU President John Floros said the university is “perfectly positioned to help in this industry” with its researchers in biochemistry, chemistry and plant pathology, among other areas.