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Hemp: Read draft regulations for growing industrial hemp

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture has released draft regulations for the growing of industrial hemp. The rules, which are on view below, specify that farmers must pay a fee of $200 plus an additional $1 per acre to grow hemp for commercial purposes, must disclose the location of their crop and, if chosen, must pay for state inspections to ensure that their crop contains less than 0.3 percent THC.

Get details and read the entire draft below.

Colorado is on the leading edge of industrial hemp production. It started with last year's pot-centric Amendment 64, which also 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 created a nine-member advisory committee tasked with helping the department come up with a way to register hemp farmers and inspect their crops. The bill gave the department a deadline of March 1, 2014 to get that process in place.

Some farmers didn't wait, even though the department issued a statement in May clarifying that growing industrial hemp wasn't okay just yet. In September, farmer Ryan Loflin began harvesting 55 acres of hemp that he'd planted in the spring. He finished hand-picking the plants (with help from 45 volunteers!) earlier this month.

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Ryan Loflin harvests his hemp plants.
But for the majority of would-be hemp farmers, the department's regulations will dictate how they move forward. The draft rules allow for the growing of hemp for two different purposes: commercial, and research and development. The regulations differ for each.

Hemp is still illegal at the federal level, though many advocates have taken the federal Department of Justice's recent memo stating that it wouldn't sue to stop states' marijuana laws as a sign that the feds won't interfere with states' hemp laws, either.

The Agriculture Department will host a public hearing on the proposed regulations on November 6.

Continue to read highlights from the draft regulations.



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bo001
bo001

These people are insane. What crop ANYWHERE, let alone in the freedom loving USA...has THIS kind of regulations??? GPS positioning...paying for the governments insistence on testing an AGRICULTURAL crop. They are SO afraid of.....what??? Freakin' Cannabis is LEGAL !!! 15-20%THC bearing plant material is LEGAL....and they want to destroy your crop if it's 1%????? Send Gummint Agents to check on you???
The people on this committee (and I know some of them) surprise me with their Socialism. Control of an agricultural crop has NEVER seen this before.....but wait. Soon EVERYTHING will be under these rules. RFID all your animals AND plants.......Gummint agents will be checking on home gardens and backyard chickens soon.....Oh, waait...THEY ALREADY ARE!!!!!

Chase Milner
Chase Milner

This is bogus: "Registrants selected for inspection shall pay a charge of $35 dollars per hour per inspector for actual drive time, mileage, inspection and sampling time." Registrants must also reimburse the state for "all laboratory analysis costs."

Perry Boero
Perry Boero

Wow. It's really happening. This is surreal. Congrats and thanks to Vote Hemp for all the tireless work you guys have done over the past several years to make this a reality.

Toby Wollin
Toby Wollin

Ah - I was thinking that it was something of that order - though from an economic development perspective, anything that sets up a situation where in-state processing facilities is an automatic in-state job-producer and will probably create 'cluster effect' in terms of companies that use processed hemp in their product production is definitely a possibility and that is a great thing as well.

Jason Back
Jason Back

In-state processing is necessary (for now) to keep the federal government from getting involved.

Dave Chrispell
Dave Chrispell

Hemp for Victory over the fascist elite! \m/ \m/

Vote Hemp
Vote Hemp

These regulations may be precedent setting, so residents of Colorado who have an interest in them need to read and comment on them at the public hearing. Other states, such as North Dakota and Vermont have already set up permitting systems through their respective Departments of Agriculture. The states that have the least restrictive models, which are also the lowest in cost to the farmers, will most likely have the most successful industrial hemp programs.

Toby Wollin
Toby Wollin

So. Will these regulations become the format that other states will use? If so, will it encourage businesses setting up in-state hemp processing?

Marc Khan
Marc Khan

You must be a detective, Kevin.

HempShare
HempShare

The ignorance that abounds when Greed & Money exists continues to baffle me as one who is fit to survive.

McShyster
McShyster

Sorry for my earlier outburst. I'm a bitter, angry, lonely person who seeks attention in any way I can get it.

McShyster
McShyster

Sorry for my earlier outburst. I'm a sad, bitter person who desperately seeks attention in any way possible.

McShyster
McShyster

 "Some farmers didn't wait, even though the department issued a statement in May clarifying that growing industrial hemp wasn't allowed yet "

So these CRIMINALS who deliberately and willfully broke the law -- like Ryan Loflin -- should be DENIED ANY State licenses, as they've shown their propensity to violate and flaunt regulations.

But hey, if liars like Michael Roberts and Westweed falsely and misleadingly claim it was "legal" then perhaps Wasteword can recast the rest of reality and simply declare all drugs legal.

Make it so!


McShyster
McShyster

@bo001 

Enjoy the FIST of GOVERNMENT REGULATION that YOU VOTED FOR, moron.

.

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@Chase Milner 

Get REGULATED, bitch.

REGULATION WORKS!!

.

bo001
bo001

@McShyster 

You're an ass.....as well as an idiot. When there's NO laws....you cannot break them. What we all did when we grew hemp this year was NOT illegal....in Colorado. Once they pass these bullshit regs...it's a different story.


stuka1
stuka1

@McShyster <---- whiny pussy, lips locked in the jaws of mayor HandCock's asshole.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@McShyster Loflin never broke the law. He was ALREADY LEGALLY REGISTERED for the phytoremediation pilot program and planted his crop BEFORE the phytoremediation billl 12-1099 was replaced by SB241.  The state never directed him to destroy the hemp plants.

As usual, you have no idea what you are spouting off about.  


Stupid Donkey.


HempShare
HempShare

@McShyster "Hemp cannot physically be used as a drug" Rep. Jared Polis

Hemp is a food product. Keep your Legal Drugs.

We'll keep the fiber, food, fuel & medicine from Cannabis & Hemp. When you need us to clean up your Emotional, Physical, Mental, Physiological & Environmental Pollution, Hemp will be there for you.

Keep the Pharmaceuticals which kill on average 19,000 people per year. I took one in the past 5 years and it made me sick. My body rejects Pharmaceuticals so I can't follow the rules (Laws) of your Society if I want a Quality of Death, and I choose that for my 'self'. Those who want a Misery of Death are free to keep taking Pharma.

This isn't an Either / Or deal.

It just so happens as a benefit of having a cousin with medicinal properties, Hemp benefits from Cannabidiolic Acid (CBD-A). Through DECARBOXYLATION the CBD-A synthesizes into Cannabiol (CBD). It is a miracle food. Add to it, the 21 Amino Acids (8-9-10 subject to debate "essential) and 20 found in Human DNA. Throw in Globular Proteins of which Human Plasma is about 96% (65% of which is Albumen), Hemp has 22% Albumen.

Reality: U.S. Government, American Corporations, Organized Religion, AND Most Major Universities around the World have all been silent about hemp.

The Big Lie:

There is NO THC in Cannabis. There is NO THC in Hemp. There is NO THC in Marijuana.

Research:

Cannabinoid Biosynthetic Pathway (Adapted from Clarke, 1981)

Geranyl Pyrophosphate + Olivetolic Acid

> Cannabigerolic Acid (CBG-A)

> Hydroxy Cannabigerolic Acid

+ Allylic Rearrangement Mechanism for Formation of CBD Acid

> Cannabidiolic Acid (CBD-A)

> 9-Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THC-A)

> Cannabinolic Acid (CBN-A)

(Notice, NO THC)

Look up DECARBOXYLATION.

I don't think the Regulators even know where THC comes from. If they did, they wouldn't lie to you and tell you that it even exists.

No one knows for sure that the CBG-A is going to convert to THC-A, the precursor to THC.

So, ALL ALONG - this has been a crime of intention, speculation. Just like Big Brother or the Matrix. They told us all along, but we were too stupid to research.

Now we know who the culprits that suppressed "Human DNA & Human Plasma" - equivalent nutrition from the Citizenship.

We certainly should NOT be letting them Tax & Regulate it.

Gen. Fernando "Pancho" Villa is the link that tells us much about George Herbert Walker, Samuel Prescott Bush, Rockefeller, DuPont, Mellon - The Usual Suspects. Guilty, but always destroying the evidence (burning the U.S. Archives to make more room in the case of Sam Bush). Turning the evidence into dust in the case of 9-11 for GHW Bush.

I'll grow my own because it keeps me alive. When you come to take it remember you're taking my life. I hope yours is worth more than mine, or I'm the only guy who will still be eating hemp after your visit.

bo001
bo001

@McShyster 

Silly, brainwashed little mind.......
If there's *no* law against it, how can it be "illegal"?? You don't need a law to make something legal...unless you believe what they brainwash you with.

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@kevin_hunt = complete BULLSHIT, typical law-breaking pothead

NO ONE had -- or currently has --  ANY lawful authority under State law to plant, cultivate or harvest hemp in Colorado.

For ANY reason.

Loflin is nothing but a proven arrogant LAW BREAKING publicity-seeking CRIMINAL -- the Chris Bartkowicz of Hemp as it were.

His hemp license should be DENIED by the State, as 100s of other LAW ABIDING prospective hemp farmers had the ETHICS to actually WAIT until the State promulgated and authorized licensed hemp farming.


bo001
bo001

@_McShyster_ @kevin_hunt 

Once again, you're completely full of shit. You *cannot* break a law that doesn't exist, dumbass. There are currently *NO* regulations on growing Hemp.....Industrial Hemp was defined by 1284......and it 100% legal in *every* way, shape or form at this time.....

McShyster
McShyster

@stuka1 @kevin_hunt 

Fact: Loflin broke THE LAW, and should be denied any state license.

Fact: You and Kevin are brain-dead bong-sucking imbeciles who DESERVE the unlubricated FIST of REGULATION you begged for rammed all the way up your ass.

Now bend over, chumps.




stuka1
stuka1

@stupidstuka <--- as usual, sock-puppeting for the Jackass and sucking dick on Colfax

stuka1
stuka1

@_McShyster_   <---- as usual, spouting prohibitionist DISinformation and sucking ChrisTard Turdstone's dick.

stupidstuka
stupidstuka

Typical scofflaw stoners always ignore the law like the habitual lawbreaking criminals that they are.

No wonder pot and hemp have been illegal all these years, stoners can't be trusted to follow simple regulations no matter how liberal they are.

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@kevin_hunt

So you admit that he had NO LAWFUL authority to continue to cultivate and harvest that crop.

"registered for" a bill that didn't become law =/= LICENSED under current law.

Noted.


kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@_McShyster_  AGAIN:  He was ALREADY LEGALLY REGISTERED for the phytoremediation pilot program and planted his crop BEFORE the phytoremediation billl 12-1099 was replaced by SB241.  The state never directed him to destroy the hemp plants.

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