Governor Lujan Grisham cheers House passage of legislation supporting hemp, creating Centers of Excellence
SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday issued the following statement after the New Mexico House overwhelmingly, and with bipartisan support, approved a pair of important bills, one creating Centers of Excellence at New Mexico institutions of higher education, driving innovation in economic growth sectors and building closer links between research and industry; and the other expanding hemp production in New Mexico, first-of-its-kind legislation creating an important framework to encourage businesses and innovation.
“Centers of Excellence will truly put New Mexico colleges on the map not only nationally but worldwide,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “I applaud House members for their work. This bill will attract talented researchers and students and boost opportunity for our young adults seeking fruitful, exciting careers in their home state.”
“The hemp industry is a natural fit for New Mexico,” the governor added. “It’s about time we help our farmers and manufacturers get into the business, and this landmark legislation helps us establish the framework through which it will grow and, ultimately, flourish. I was delighted by the bipartisan emphasis on the floor.”