- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A bill to allow New Mexico farmers to grow an industrial version of marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin has passed a Senate panel.

The Senate Conservation Committee voted unanimously this week to send the Industrial Hemp Farming Act to the Senate Judicial Committee without a recommendation.

Sen. Cisco McSorley, an Albuquerque Democrat, recently filed the legislation aimed at legalizing the selling of hemp and licensing of farmers to grow the crop.

The proposal would establish fees and set up state regulations for the processing of hemp to be distributed.

Gov. Susana Martinez has said she did not support efforts to legalize marijuana in New Mexico but has not said if she supports allowing the cultivation of hemp in the state.

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