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For one of its newest crops, New Mexico’s future looks bright. The state recently passed a law that legalized industrial hemp, giving growers a new opportunity for financial success as well as a boon to the state’s economy. As of October 2019, the Department of Agriculture had already issued over 400 licenses.

Hemp is used for everything from rope and clothing to milk, cooking oil, soaps and more. It’s in the same family as marijuana but doesn’t contain a significant amount of THC to cause any type of psychoactive effects.

In July 2019, New Mexico’s governor implemented the Hemp Manufacturing Act, which will be expanded to determine more about the extraction of hemp products and which products will be sold in stores.

For more information, visit nmda.nmsu.edu.

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