The New Mexico Hemp Coalition was established in December as a hemp industry lobbyist primarily focusing on hemp farmers.
“The hemp laws favor manufacturers, not the famers,” said Bob Boylan, the coalition’s vice president and CEO of Road Runner CBD in Torrance County. “We want to keep fees down and give rights to farmers to dry, cure and bring product to manufacturers.”
Hemp farming became legal in New Mexico in 2019 following the 2018 Farm Bill that removed hemp as a controlled substance and provided national guidance for the production of hemp in the United States. But hemp farmers in New Mexico must sell the whole plant to manufacturers, Boylan said.
Boylan said the coalition seeks legislation to allow farmers to dry and cure hemp. He said the coalition also will create a standard for hemp production in New Mexico.
Hemp is Cannibas sativa and, by law, must contain less than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive compound associated with getting “high.” Marijuana is Cannabis indica.
“We represent any stakeholder in the business, but we are leaning toward the farmers,” Boylan said.