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 March 23, 2015

federal farm bill hemp amendment researchHemp reform is sweeping the country, with almost every state in America either allowing it now, or exploring the idea of allowing hemp cultivation in one form or another. New Mexico is on the list of states that are on the verge of passing hemp reform, albeit for research purposes. Both chambers of New Mexico’s Legislature have signed off on the hemp research bill, and the legislation now goes to New Mexico’s Governor where it’s expected to be signed into law. Per New Mexico Political Report:

A bill that would allow research into the growth of industrial hemp passed the House and is now headed to the governor’s desk.

The House passed the bill on wide bipartisan vote, 54-12.

There was very little debate on the bill that would allow New Mexico State University and the state Department of Agriculture to grow hemp for research purposes.

Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, carried the bill on the floor. He had carried a similar bill on the House side.

“This is strictly research and development,” Maestas said.

Even thought this bill is just for research purposes, I’m confident that it will lead to full legalization. I can’t fathom what their research would turn up that would stop that from eventually happening. Hemp is a very versatile plant, and I can’t wait to see what is learned from the research that will eventually be conducted in New Mexico.

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  8 Responses to “Hemp Research Bill Heads To New Mexico Governor’s Desk”

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    I don’t understand why we need hemp research bills? hemp and Cannabis been used for thousands of years. Just read some history! The facts are there.

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    A research bill? This is merely to try and get a few federal dollars for local labs and corrupt officials that will be skimming off the top.

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    Industrial hemp pollen blowing all over the state will ruin any outdoor and greenhouse cannabis grows. Whoever can come up with a hepa filtration system for greenhouses will make millions. This means no more outdoor grows after cultivation of hemp has started, Green houses with pollen filtration will be the only ones harvesting anything

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      You’re absolutely right! I’m baffled why other cannabis growers haven’t chimed in on this. I’m pretty sure the “anti” crowd are pleased as punch as it will keep cannabis prices high.

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    Grow some auto-flower and have them flower before hemp does and you’ll be ok …. But ya, want to cut down on grows, plant hemp!

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    The bill’s sponsor is a true friend of hemp and marijuana reform laws. This was a bill they KNEW they could pass with bi-partisan votes, and that the conservative governor will sign. In true NM fashion, our next governor and the NM house will in all likelihood be more progressive, and then the real farming will be a shoo-in. They haven’t even named the research facilities, but one will probably be NMSU, since they are aggies. It may be a slow start for NM, but it’s the best we could hope for with our very conservative and misguided governor, who has stars in her eyes for moving on up the political ladder to something big in D.C..

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