New Mexico: Governor Vetoes Industrial Hemp Bill
By Derrick Stanley
Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico, has vetoed a bill that would have created a research program for industrial hemp.
The Democrat-sponsored bill was vetoed by the second-term Republican governor on Wednesday without comment.
The bill would have required the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to set up an industrial hemp research program for cultivation and marketing.
Democratic Sen. Cisco McSorley of Albuquerque has authored a more restrictive bill which is on its way to the governor's desk right now. McSorley says it addresses concerns raised by Martinez two years ago about potential conflicts with federal law and provides for police training.
Thirty-one states have authorized hemp research. The 2014 federal farm bill allows state agriculture departments to designate hemp projects for research and development.