It is illegal to grow hemp without a license in New Mexico

(Las Cruces, New Mexico) – New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte would like to remind the public that all hemp growers in New Mexico must obtain a license from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

State and federal laws require oversight of hemp production to ensure cannabis plants grown meet the state and federal definition of hemp. In New Mexico, both the individual grower and the growing location must be registered with NMDA.

Interested individuals may download a hemp production application at For more information, call NMDA at 575-646-3207 or email