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New Mexico lawmakers to mull bill studying hemp production

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Democratic New Mexico senator wants the state Department of Agriculture to adopt rules for researching and growing an industrial version of marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin.

Sen. Cisco McSorley is expected on Wednesday to introduce legislation that would open up the opportunity for New Mexico farmers to possibly grow hemp after the state study.

The Albuquerque Democrat last year sponsored a bill aimed at legalizing the selling of hemp and licensing of farmers to grow the crop. That proposal would have established fees and set up state regulations for the processing of hemp to be distributed.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed McSorley’s bill and said there were inconsistencies in it and federal law.

Her office has not said if she supports the new proposal.