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Rep. Lente’s economic development proposal receives bipartisan support

Santa Fe – Today, House Bill 581 was sent to the governor. House Bill 581, sponsored by Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), would expand the hemp industry and bring new jobs to New Mexico communities. House Bill 581, as amended, creates clear standards for the production, testing, research, manufacturing, and transport of hemp.

“In New Mexico and across the country, hemp is a burgeoning industry with the potential to create new, good-paying jobs and bring millions of dollars to our economy. This legislation is the result of bringing all stakeholders together – including farmers, tribal nations, state agencies, and private organizations – to bring forward new ideas for economic opportunities,” said Rep. Derrick Lente. “With this legislation, New Mexico will be the first in the nation to create comprehensive hemp regulations and will be a leader for other states to follow. I am proud that this legislation has made its way to the Governor’s desk, and I look forward to her signing it.  

House Bill 581 has received broad bipartisan support and now heads to the Governor to be signed.