Bill would allow hemp to be grown for research purposes

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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – A bill to allow the growing hemp for research purposes is one step closer to Gov. Martinez’s desk.

Tuesday, the Senate approved the bill, sponsored by Cisco McSorley of Albuquerque, with a 37-2 vote. Now it heads tot he House.

The bill would allow the Agriculture Department to oversee industrial hemp growing, not for commercial use.

In 2015, Gov. Martinez vetoed a similar bill. She said the idea was problematic because it created contradictions between state and federal law.

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