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Hemp proposal on its way to governor

SANTA FE — Legislation aimed at making New Mexico a national player in the hemp industry is on its way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

House Bill 581, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Derrick Lente of Sandia Pueblo, would regulate the production, research and manufacturing of hemp and similar products.

“In New Mexico and across the country,” Lente said in a written statement, “hemp is a burgeoning industry with the potential to create new, good-paying jobs and bring millions of dollars to our economy. This legislation is the result of bringing all stakeholders together — including farmers, tribal nations, state agencies, and private organizations — to bring forward new ideas for economic opportunities,”

Lujan Grisham has urged lawmakers to pass the bill.

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