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Team Hemp House launches drive to build first Colorado house made of hemp products

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Jason Lauve.
Hemp advocate Jason Lauve has a new endeavor: Team Hemp House, the goal of which is to build a hemp demonstration house in Colorado.

"The intent is to show that we can use hemp to build the foundation and the walls and the tiles, but also the furnishings in the house, including the food in the fridge," says Lauve, who's helped legalize the crop.

There's a bigger goal, too, he adds: "The Team Hemp House project is the foundation that we need to get the whole industry excited and get it off the ground."

On Monday, Team Hemp House launched an indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to raise $350,000 in sixty days. That money will go toward purchasing the approximately three acres of hemp needed to build the house (ideally, the hemp would be grown in Colorado); processing the hemp into building materials, such as hemp concrete; securing a building site, contractors and architects; and paying staff to oversee the project and make sure the house adheres to building codes.

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A screenshot from TeamHemp.com
There are a few hemp houses in the United States, and more in other parts of the world, including England. Lauve says hemp building materials have been shown to be more resistant to fire, mold and even termites than many other types. Furthermore, he says, the materials are known to keep houses warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

But the industry is still in its infancy, especially in Colorado. The Centennial State is, however, on the leading edge of industrial hemp production. Last year's pot-centric Amendment 64 directed the state legislature to "enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing and sale of industrial hemp" by July 1, 2014. Lawmakers beat that deadline in May when they approved a bill that requires the state Department of Agriculture to put in place a process to register hemp farmers by March 1, 2014. Once that happens, farmers will be able to grow vast fields of hemp, a variety of Cannabis sativa that contains little to none of the psychoactive ingredient THC.

Team Hemp House is being sponsored by a handful of local cannabis-related businesses, including the Hemp HoodLab, RiverRock and CannLabs. Lauve is working to attract more sponsors and spread the word throughout the traditional home-building industry. His goal is to start construction on the demonstration house next spring.

As for who will live in it, Lauve says he'd love to, but he doesn't want to claim it as his own. "The end of this project is to have a giant celebration with bands and food -- obviously, hemp food -- and really share that excitement," he says. "I see this house as a place where people continue to come to to see various features, like how a wall was constructed or how we dealt with code issues or how comfortable it feels to be inside the home."

Watch the Team Hemp House indiegogo video below.

More from our Follow That Story archive: "Can hemp escape the role of marijuana's sober stepsister?"


Follow me on Twitter @MelanieAsmar or e-mail me at melanie.asmar@westword.com



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RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

May the hemp industry soon take root in Colorado!

ethernot
ethernot

We predict the feds will be even more ruthless in quashing hemp in CO - and elsewhere - than they have been with medical cannabis and are likely to be with the recreational industry, because industrial hemp is potentially a much greater threat to the status quo in this country.

JuanLeg
JuanLeg

Melanie, you & Alan maintain the WW's readability !!!

THANK YOU !!!

How about posting your pic w/ each entry as is done w/ WW's TMZ heartthrob, Michael Roberts ?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter


1) it's CannLabs, not CannaLabs

2) RiverRock is MMIG Pigs !!

hth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ethernot ... nonsense. 

Industrial hemp production has NOT disturbed the "status quo" in any country that produces it -- Canada, China, Europe -- nor has the import of hemp products to the U$A from those countries provided any of the exaggerated claims made by hemp hucksters.


JuanLeg
JuanLeg

@melanie.asmar @DonkeyHotay  

Hotay, quit picking on the women !!!

It's a f'n 'sausage fest' in here !!!

                               :) !

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ethernot 

@RobertChase = dilettante poseur

"I am not even a registered patient" -- Robert Chase


"I oppose the recreational use of cannabis by minors" -- Robert Chase


"Granting the DOR regulatory authority over retail sales of cannabis is not bad at all" -- Robert Chase


ethernot
ethernot

@RobertChase

Glad you mentioned the revenue (from sales and other taxes, fees, etc) thing; we've been trying to figure how the state is going to collect revenue that according to federal law is considered proceeds from drug sales, and hence subject to the now customary asset forfeiture policies …?  No bank or other financial institution should even be able to accept it for deposit, same as dispensaries can't get bank accounts or use credit services like Visa.

Come to think of it, how is it the feds haven't moved to seize such revenues that have been collected by states, counties, and cities on medical cannabis for some time now, not just in CO, but CA, WA, etc?

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@ethernot  Donkey deliberately misconstues much of what he reads -- I understand and share your concern.  The so-called "industry" cannot stand to hear about, and the members of the national coalition that passed A64 don't want to talk about the house of cards which is state legalization of cannabis absent repeal of the Federal CSA.  The puffery about paving the way rings just as hollow now as it did when they all climbed aboard the bandwagon of regulation three years ago.  Objective readers should recall that US Attorney John Walsh closed seventy (70) dispensaries in Denver just last year with little more effort than sending a threatening letter to each.  It is true that as the commerce in cannabis becomes ever more widespread and states become more dependent upon the stream of revenue it generates that the economic and political consequences of enforcement of the CSA worsen, but that does not mean that it won't happen.  There is no basis for planning a year ahead in the "industry", because it could all be gone by then; there is no reason to think that the present policy would survive a change in presidential administrations, e.g.

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