Hemp bill to set up registration process for would-be farmers making progress

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A bill to register hemp farmers with the state Department of Agriculture has been introduced at the State Capitol. As explained in our cover story, "Green Acres," the marijuana-centric Amendment 64 also made it lawful to grow hemp, weed's sober stepsister.

The bill, known as SB 241, creates a process by which the state can register people to grow the fibrous plant, which can be made into food, body care products, textiles and more. Read the text of the bill below.

In short, the bill would create a committee to assist the state agriculture commissioner in developing a registration process for hemp farmers, who would be required to submit an application that includes the GPS coordinates and a map of the land on which they plan to grow. They would also be required to pay a fee. The bill specifies that "the commissioner shall adopt rules by March 1, 2014."

The bill's main sponsor is state Senator Gail Schwartz, a Democrat from Snowmass Village and the chair of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee. The bill was introduced on April 1, and on April 10, it passed in the committee that Schwartz chairs with a few minor amendments. Its next stop is the Appropriations Committee, which is scheduled to address the legislation this morning.

Read the bill below.

SB 241

More from our Marijuana archives: "Marijuana: Kaleb Young suing for pot plants improperly seized and killed by Larimer County."


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Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Absolutely! There are sooooo many uses for hemp we should economize on that

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

Westword would NOT and or be allowed to print, is a nigger as big as a black man. YOU are perpetuating oppression of the Marijuana Community. STOP using the OFFENSIVE derogatory term pot.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Yeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaa! ... Kevin Hunt and Suka1 are going to get RICH! ... like a Chinese-Canadian Hemp Farmer @ $200 / acre !!


BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

Why do you have to register to grow something that you can't even get high off of?  I might be an ignorant fool (not a farmer, obviously), but do produce and cotton farmers have to register with any state entity?

stuka1
stuka1

I got an idea -- let's tattoo a serial number on their arms!

stuka1
stuka1

Pretty stupid. The prohibitionists are still trying to make things as complicated and difficult as possible. 

Too bad for them, their cause is already lost.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Matt Leising ... so when are you going to plant your acre of hemp?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Deborah Watts ... you really are quite mentally unbalanced, aren't you Debby?

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay I'd better register my 5 sunflowers and patch of arugula so the feds don't come in and take it out of my backyard.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... good thing that the drooling imbeciles who voted for A64 surrendered TOTAL CONTROL of Marijuana -- and Hemp -- over to those Prohibitionists, eh fuck-knuckle?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@BackOffImStarving

Better have your Nutmeg tested to prove it doesn't have too much Myristicin in it.

                 *** REGULATION WORKS! ***

Get Regulated, Bitches !!

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  <==== pathological liar peddling more of its puerile distortions, as usual.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... I know you are but what am I ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... hurry up and plant that Hemp ... your $200 / acre windfall is waiting for you.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 

Colorado LOST with that festering turd A64, sucker.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== ignorant prohibitionist shitstain still crying that it lost on A64.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 = another ignorant fuckstain who didn't read, much less comprehend what A64 proposed.


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