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Industrial Hemp Wins Unanimous Colorado Senate Vote

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NAIHC.org, April 23, 2014 – In a further step forward for industrial hemp, the Colorado Senate voted 35-0 Wednesday to approve an expanded program for growing industrial hemp in the state. The bill now moves to the Colorado House for what is expected to be swift approval there.

The revised legislation removes two previous restrictions which had placed a 10-acre limit for registered individual hemp growers and required plots to be outdoors.

The amended bill also removes the requirement that growers must sign up by May 1 each year, instead simply requiring registration with the Colorado Department of Agriculture “prior to planting.”

To differentiate industrial hemp from its psychoactive cousin marijuana, the Colorado legislation specifies that industrial hemp is “a plant of the genus cannabis and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, containing a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of no more than three-tenths of one percent on a dry weight basis.”

The legislation also:

  • “requires the department to test at least 80% of the hemp crop in the industrial hemp registration program.”

  • “allows the general assembly to make general fund appropriations to support the program.”

  • “exempts state-accredited research institutions that are engaged in research and development from the industrial hemp testing program.”

  • “allows a research and development registrant to use or destroy hemp that exceeds delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration limits established by the department in a manner approved and verified by the department.”

  • “requires the department to administer an industrial hemp grant program that is funded through registration fees and moneys from the medical marijuana cash fund. The grants allow state institutions of higher education to conduct the research.”

  • “creates the industrial hemp research grant program fund.”

  • “allows a person to process, sell, and distribute hemp cultivated by a registered person or to sell hemp products produced from the hemp.” 

Read the eight-page bill as approved by the Colorado Senate April 23 (http://naihc.org/images/stories/co_hemp_184_apr23.pdf). 

For more background on industrial hemp developments across the country, read the Salon.com article published April 19: “Why America’s fired up about hemp” (www.salon.com/2014/04/19/why_americas_fired_up_about_hemp).

The Salon article begins with this paragraph:

“Hemp: It’s not just for health food smoothies and hippie clothing. The unintended victim of the United States’ prohibition on cannabis — it got swept up in the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 and is now blacklisted by the DEA under the Controlled Substances Act — the plant is beginning to be seen by many as the solution to any number of the country’s problems, with implications ranging from energy to agriculture. Newly liberated (to an extent) by the recently passed Farm Bill, it could be the country’s next billion-dollar industry, journalist Doug Fine told Salon.”

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