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New Mexico Governor Vetoes Industrial Hemp Bill

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have allowed the growing of industrial hemp for research and development.

It was the second time she has vetoed such a measure. Martinez issued a release noting the veto but did not give a reason for it. However, after her previous veto in 2015 she said she was concerned about the fact that hemp is illegal under federal law. Hemp is related to marijuana but not psychoactive. Meanwhile, Utah legislators approved and sent to Governor Gary Herbert a bill to allow research into the use of medical marijuana. The Salt Lake Tribune reports the measure would create a review board to make recommendations about future policy.

Gail Binkly is a career journalist who has worked for the Colorado Springs Gazette and Cortez Journal. She is currently a freelance writer as well as the editor of the Four Corners Free Press, based in Cortez.
Tom worked as an archaeologist in the Four Corners area for many years before his passion for radio and storytelling brought him to KSJD. He volunteered as a DJ at station and served on the Community Radio Project's board of directors before joining the staff as the Programming & Media Director in 2010.
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