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Industrial Hemp Research Program

Senate Bill 6, Industrial Hemp Research

On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, New Mexico’s Supreme Court blocked District Judge Sarah Singleton’s decision that determined that Governor Martinez did not legally veto 10 bills passed during the 2017 legislative session. The January 2 ruling puts a hold on the promulgation of all 10 bills until the court has a ‘full and fair opportunity’ to consider the case.

The 10 bills, including two bills legalizing hemp research, were passed by legislators during the 2017 legislative session and then vetoed by Governor Martinez. The Governor’s veto was challenged in District Court with Judge Sarah Singleton ruling that the 10 bills were not vetoed through a legal process, and therefore should be promulgated. The Governor’s office then challenged Judge Singleton’s ruling in the New Mexico Supreme Court. The recent Supreme Court decision puts the 10 bills, including hemp, back in legal limbo until the court address the issue at a later date.

A full story can be found at the following link:  http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/divided-supreme-court-stalls-new-laws-in-ongoing-veto-fight/article_b0e91116-4cdf-56b2-b5ad-4a6d0ec4848e.html [1]

Below is background information regarding Senate Bill 6, Industrial Hemp Research.

Appeal CASE #: S1SC36731 [2]

November 6, 2017, the New Mexico Supreme Court will consider an appeal by the governor challenging a judge’s August decision to overturn the vetoes and allow the bills to become law.

State Supreme court will hear a veto plea from the governor [3]

September 28, 2017, ten bills that passed the Legislature but were invalidly vetoed were chaptered today. Senate Bill 6 and the story can be found below.

Judge lets vetoed bills become law [4]

Senate Bill 6 Industrial Hemp Research  [5]