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house passes third hemp bill with changes sought by governor

heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the state house of representatives on tuesday passed yet another bill that would legalize research on industrial hemp.the house voted 65-1 to pass house bill 530, sponsored by minority leader nate gentry, r-albuquerque.the bill, which now goes to the senate, comes on the heels of gov. susana martinez vetoing not one but two industrial hemp bills. she offered no explanation in either of her veto messages.gentry told the new mexican earlier this week that following the latest veto, he sat down with the governor’s staff — namely deputy chief of staff jeremiah ritchie — to “work out some minor details that brought us more in compliance with federal law.” he said he is hopeful she will sign the new bill.the changes he and the governor’s staff made to the legislation are largely semantic, he said, clarifying that the measure would allow for research-focused hemp production.“this is economic development for the state of new mexico,” said rep. bill gomez, d-la mesa.rep. candy spence ezzell, r-roswell, said she hopes that if the bill becomes law, new mexico state university’s agricultural research center near artesia will grow it.rep. jason harper, r-rio rancho, cast the lone vote against the bill tuesday. but he didn’t speak against it during the brief floor debate.speaking to the new mexican on monday, sen. cisco mcsorley, d-santa fe, said, “i’m glad [martinez has] seen the light.” ...