New Mexico is known for many things; The Rio Grande George Bridge, White Sands National Park, and numerous Native American historical sites. However, New Mexico is also home to a rich history with industrial hemp, dating back further than you might expect.
According to Vote Hemp, a website dedicated to the legalization of hemp in all fifty states, New Mexico’s history with hemp has dated back to 1998. HB 222 was introduced by G.X. McSherry was passed by both houses but ultimately vetoed by Governor Johnson. Several more bills were introduced over the years, but not until March 5, 2007, was HM 49 passed requesting the ability for the Department of Agriculture to study the viability of the hemp industry.
Fast forward to 2020, and farmers can now grow hemp for everything from extraction to hempcrete. A rapid succession of bills and emergency rules have shaped New Mexico’s hemp industry to what we are familiar with today. They continue to evolve as agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture step in with federal regulations of their own.
New Mexico’s production plan is currently under review by the USDA. To stay up to date on New Mexico’s status with the USDA, please visit the USDA’s website for more information.
With the rapidly changing rules and regulations, many retailers and consumers have been left wondering where smokable hemp flower stands in a legal sense. Unlike many other products, smokable hemp flower has been thrust into the industry spotlight thanks to legal battles coming from states such as Texas. However, New Mexico’s NMAC Final Rule published on January 28, 2020, lists Hemp Finished Products as “a hemp product that is intended for retail sale and containing hemp or hemp extracts for human consumption, absorption, or inhalation that has a THC concentration of not more than three-tenths of one percent (0.30%).”
According to this ruling, smokable CBD flower is legal as long as it stays below the .3% THC threshold, and the packaging guidelines further explained in the ruling are adhered to. Consumers and retailers can purchase CBD flower while remaining within the boundaries set by the law.
However, with the current health climate, many consumers are opting to shop online from the comfort and cleanliness of their own homes. They can browse reviews from fellow hemp users, chat with an expert if they have questions, and not have to worry about wearing a mask. But this new shift in consumerism has raised one more question- is it legal to ship hemp in the mail?
The United States Postal Service considered this and established the following guidelines to avoid confusion.
- The mailer complies with all federal, state, and local laws concerning hemp and hemp-derived products.
- The mailer retains records detailing their compliance with all laws (COAs, licenses, or other similar documentation) for no less than two years after the mailing date.
Califloral has made shopping for smokable hemp flower simple for consumers and retailers alike. Detailed information about available hemp flower and up-to-date Certificates of Analysis(COA) are available on our website. Our easy to smoke pre-rolls are shipped in scent proof, child-resistant packaging with a copy of the strain’s COA.
It is safe to say the hemp industry has evolved exponentially within the last twenty years. The groundwork that was laid out in the late 1990s has allowed us to further the industry in leaps and bounds. Califloral is dedicated to helping the industry further evolve by providing smokable hemp products retailers, and consumers can count on. So, whether you’re hiking along the Continental Divide Trail or visiting the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, Califloral can help bring you a little closer to nature.