New Safeguards on Hemp Products Passes Committee
Bill would regulate hemp products grown in-state and out-of-state
This morning, new consumer protections for the sale and distribution of finished hemp products unanimously passed the House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee.
Sponsored by Rep. Derrick Lente (D – Sandia Pueblo), House Bill 88 amends the 2019 Hemp Manufacturing Act to add minimum standards for product safety, product description, THC concentration, storage requirements, and recordkeeping, as well as establishing enforceable penalties for noncompliance. The new regulations will apply to hemp products produced within New Mexico, or imported from out of state.
“Right now, hemp products like CBD-infused foods and drinks manufactured outside of New Mexico and offered for sale here may be unregulated, unsafe and not accurately labeled,” said Rep. Lente. “House Bill 88 levels the playing field for our rural New Mexican hemp producers, and also protects our consumers and public health partners.” The hope is that with the passage of this bill, the hemp industry will survive, according to Lente.
Regulations established under HB 88 will be enforced by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED). HB 88 passed the House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee with a unanimous 8-0 vote, and will be heard next in the House Judiciary Committee.
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