Hemp growing legal right now? No, says Colorado Department of Agriculture

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Is it legal to grow hemp in Colorado? Like, right now?

That's a complicated question -- and one that the Colorado Department of Agriculture is trying to clear up in a statement issued this week: "Amendment 64 did not authorize the immediate cultivation of hemp. It instead directed the General Assembly to enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing and sale of industrial hemp. This they have now done."

So can farmers start planting? Not yet.

Ron Carleton, the state's deputy commissioner of agriculture, admits that there's "considerable confusion" about whether pot-centric Amendment 64, approved by voters in November, authorized the immediate growing of hemp, marijuana's sober sister. "We've been getting a lot of questions about, 'What does this mean?' and 'Can I start cultivating now?'" Carleton says.

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Ron Carleton.
As noted above, the answer to that second question is "no." Amendment 64 merely directed the state legislature to "enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing and sale of industrial hemp" by July 1, 2014. Lawmakers beat that deadline earlier this month when they approved SB 241, a bill that requires the state Department of Agriculture to put in place a process to register hemp farmers by March 1, 2014. Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to sign the bill into law, though he has not yet done so.

Here's the rest of the department's statement, which quotes Carleton:

"This legislation delegates to the Department the responsibility for establishing registration and inspection regulations and to have the rules finalized by March 1, 2014. The bill also creates an advisory committee to help the Department in developing the regulations. The measure is now awaiting action by Governor John Hickenlooper," [Carleton says].

"Once SB13-241 becomes law, we will begin the rulemaking process, working in consultation with the advisory committee. While we will work diligently to complete this process as quickly as possible, it is unlikely that we will have rules setting up a registration and inspection system in place until early 2014.

"The General Assembly ... has made it clear that cultivation, for either commercial or research and development purposes, is not authorized unless the prospective grower first registers with the Department. That will not be possible until early 2014 as we do not expect the registration program to be in place before then."

Individuals with questions concerning the upcoming rulemaking process may contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture at (303) 239-4100.

Continue for more on the confusion around growing hemp.

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apauling
apauling

The federal government continues to ban cultivation of industrial hemp because of the infinitesimal quantities of THC it contains. The logic is flawed and is equivalent to banning poppy seeds because they contain tiny amounts of the opiate found in opium and heroin. Smoking industrial hemp will produce a headache—not a high. In our business we reluctantly use fabric imported from China that contains hemp—currently the only viable source. And apparel is just one of hundreds of uses for hemp and its seeds. Permitting hemp cultivation in the U.S. would offer a viable crop to our farmers that requires no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. We've posted an article about this issue at http://www.sympaticoclothing.com/hemp-legality.html 

Eric Koder
Eric Koder

If it doesn't get you high, then what's the issue?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

                    *** Regulation Works!! -- get REGULATED, bitches! ***

Loren Yerkey
Loren Yerkey

I really want to eat hemp seeds but they're so expensive. :(

Blake O'Dunn
Blake O'Dunn

Nope.... someone is making way to much on imported hemp.. and they more than likely are the same folks who write the rules (senators)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@apauling "The logic is flawed and is equivalent to banning poppy seeds because they contain tiny amounts of the opiate found in opium and heroin"

YOUR logic is flawed, as is your broken analogy.

The US Government ALLOWS the importation, sale and use of Hemp Seeds, and Hemp Products.


@apauling "In our business we reluctantly use fabric imported from China that contains hemp"

You import Chinese hemp fabric because it is far cheaper than Canadian or other hemp products produced in Europe ... and you will continue to import and purchase cheaper Chinese hemp even if the U$ lifts its ban on domestic hemp cultivation.


@apauling "that requires no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers"

Nonsense, bullshit and lies.

armyoftheforest
armyoftheforest

@DonkeyHotay Oh right regulation, like how we are regulation the opium/heroin supply from Afghanistan. We are all just a bunch of posers waiting and wanting to be regulated like you Hotay?

armyoftheforest
armyoftheforest

@DonkeyHotay Yeah, just ask those opium growers that hotay supports over in Afghanistan. Thanks Hotay, we can now say the scourge of cannabis is gone in lieu of sweet opium, you hypocrite.

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

@Loren Yerkey Save the seeds and eat a Bic Mac, hippie. We need ENERGY.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Umläut Sagdiyevski ... right ... all those Chinese Hemp farmers are getting RICH! ... like their Canadian Hemp Farming brothers who've become BAZILLIONAIRES growing hemp ... at $200 / acre ... LOL!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@armyoftheforest ... Why do you hate Opium?

Are you some kind of fascist prohibitionist law-enforcement scum?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@armyoftheforest ... yet in all the Countries where Hemp is legal, and has been legal for DECADES, it hasn't been financially successful as a substitute for petroleum based products.

You're suffering from Hippie Hemp delusions.



armyoftheforest
armyoftheforest

@DonkeyHotay You forgot though about other revenue sources from hemp: food and replacement of anything made with dino oil. I know the neo-cons don't like putting value on things they can't touch or regulate personally, but tough beans.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "The market will decide ..."

LOL! ... the Invisible Hand-Job of the "Free Market" ...

Facts -- current Canadian free market pricing results in a mere $200 / acre profit, and those prices represent them having the U$ market to sell into and NO COMPETITION from U$ Hemp production.

Now INCREASE production via new U$ Hemp Farms and guess what happens to the prices/profits of BOTH Canadian and U$ Hemp Farmers? 

Once the profit/price dips below a working white-man's wage -- even for a red-neck farmer -- they'll switch back to growing more profitable traditional crops like Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, etc. ... as some of them already have.

That leaves the Chinese and East European underpaid and overworked farmers who produce GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED Hemp as the best value - lowest price source for your "free market".

Your precious "free market" dictates that LABOR and PRODUCTION costs always find the CHEAPEST source.





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