New Mexico finalizes hemp rules in time for 2019 crop

New Mexico authorities have finalized hemp rules in time for farmers to produce the state’s first legal harvest in 2019.

The regulations proposed by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture were approved late last week.

New Mexico will set different hemp fees for outdoor grows versus indoor or greenhouse grows. Prospective hemp producers will have to pay:

  • $800 a year to grow hemp outside, plus an annual inspection fees of $6 per acre.
  • $900 a year for a “continuous production” license to grow hemp indoors or in a greenhouse, plus an annual inspection fee of 75 cents per 1,000 square feet.

The regulations do not include any application or processing fees.

New Mexico has no background-check requirements for potential hemp producers. The state also has no requirements that growers use certified seed varieties.

New Mexico lawmakers authorized hemp production in 2017, but Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed the bill.

Her veto was overturned on procedural grounds in spring 2018, too late to see New Mexico agriculture authorities write hemp rules in time for a legal crop this year.

The New Mexico health department has said that the state’s 72 medical marijuana dispensaries can’t sell CBD products produced outside New Mexico.

The requirement does not apply to traditional retailers such as natural foods stores.

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6 comments on “New Mexico finalizes hemp rules in time for 2019 crop
    • Pharmer Bob on

      Yes! defiantly consider it. crop values are the best LEAGAL thing you could grow. Beyond the regular issues of soil conditions, water availability, fencing or low wild life pressure; some crop specifics would be needed to answer your question:

      What would be the hottest 2 week period in the summer? and what would be the average high temp. in that time period ? When is your first frost?

      If there is not a strain that would be ideal for your area, it will not be long before someone selects for your conditions.

      some info could be gathered at this event I am helping organize it’s a Grassrootee, school garden fundraiser :

  1. Dale Stenberg on

    I saw that New Mexico is a go on hemp cultivation, since the governor no vote was vetoed. I would like to culticate for hemp oil and CBD oil. I also noticed that CBD can only be cultivated in New Mexico for the New Mexico market, which is advantageous. Your thoughts.

  2. Sharon Price on

    My name is Sharon. I have 20 Acer’s outside of Deming. I’m seriously thinking of getting into the Hemp growing, for CBD.
    It is and amazing product.
    I would love to have your in put.

  3. Daniel Brannan on

    I was just offered $5000 per acre from a hemp grower to lease my land; it has water rights. Seems too good to be true to me. Anyone been offered that price?
    I guess if the nut pays me up front, I should take it??


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