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State to hold hemp manufacturing rules hearings


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The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will hold two hearings this month to consider how it will regulate hemp manufacturing activities.

The meetings will occur at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 27 in Albuquerque at the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque, 1901 University Blvd. NE, and 8 a.m. Friday, June 28 in Las Cruces at the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, 3190 S. Espina.

The meetings are meant to allow the public to provide comments about proposed rules to govern the department’s licensing and inspection of laboratories for entities testing raw hemp, as well as licensing and inspection of people or companies breeding hemp. Fees also would be established for annual licensing and inspections.

The rule-making follows the passage of a state bill, House Bill 581, during the 2019 legislative session that authorizes hemp manufacturing in the state.

The state Agriculture Department previously issued rules in December that allow hemp growers to operate in New Mexico under certain circumstances.

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The New Mexico Environment Department is also working on rules, which will involve public input, said Maddy Hayden, public information officer. Those rules, which will require the approval of the state Environmental Improvement Board, are expected to be in place by the end of 2020.

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