Hemp: Read final regulations for growing industrial hemp in Colorado

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Back in October, we shared with you the Colorado Department of Agriculture's draft regulations for the growing of industrial hemp. Now, those regulations are official -- with one change. Instead of facing a registration suspension or revocation if testing reveals that a grower's plants exceed 0.3 percent THC, the final rules say that a grower will not be subject to any penalty as long as the "crop is destroyed or utilized in a manner approved of and verified by" the state agriculture commissioner.

Keep reading for the full list of hemp regulations.

Colorado is on the leading edge of industrial hemp production, thanks to last year's Amendment 64. In addition to legalizing small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 or older, the amendment directed the state legislature to "enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing and sale of industrial hemp" by July 1, 2014. This past May, lawmakers approved a bill that created a nine-member advisory committee tasked with helping the state agriculture department come up with a registration process for hemp farmers by March 1, 2014.

The hemp regulations below are the fruits of their labor. The rules allow for the growing of long-outlawed hemp plants for commercial, and research and development purposes.

According to agriculture department spokeswoman Christi Lightcap, the department approved the rules on November 12. They become effective December 30 and growers can begin to register with the state's industrial hemp program on March 1, 2014.

Final Hemp Regulations

More from our Follow That Story archive: "Photos of the Day: First legal U.S hemp harvest in more than fifty years."


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Hemp Mayor
Hemp Mayor

BUT what will be do with all the Hemp? Surely we won't make fuel, or take $ away from Canada by growing edible seed

Mitch Harwood
Mitch Harwood

Yes. But where do you get the seed? It is still illegal to bring any non=irradiated hemp seed into the country or across state lines.

bo001
bo001

I have to wonder...WHAT is their mind set??? Why do they think *anyone* is going to do anything with Hemp but use it industrially??? Having hemp with 2, 3 even 5 or 6 percent THC....SO WHAT?? There's 20-25% (and more!) recreational Cannabis available everywhere in the State, so why would anyone bother with hemp? The ultimate question is, "WHY are they so afraid of anyone getting "high"?? Again, isn't that an individual choice?? Your *actions* in the public are certainly of concern....Why don't the legislature regulate that?? Oh, wait...They already have. It's called the CRS. This insane "Reefer Madness" campaign needs to end. There is nothing wrong with hemp of *any* trivial amount of THC...you don't have to analyze it and test it and spend millions making sure some idiot somewhere doesn't try to roll a joint of hemp....
You don't need to regulate the agriculture crop like NO other crop.....
You don't need to make the regulations so onerous that farmers are LEAVING the concept in droves, fearing the governments actions....

Unless, of course your real intent is to just regulate *everything*....*everywhere*...RFID chip, anyone???

Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD
Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD

Why does Westweed continue to LIE and falsely claim "First Legal [sic] U.S. Hemp Harvest ..." when in fact NO LEGAL HEMP LICENSES have yet been issued by the State, and won't be issued until NEXT YEAR ??

Is it because Weedword knows their target audience is a bunch of clueless ignorant bong-sucking stoners who will believe any lie or fraud fed to them if it comports with their dope-addled delusions of reality?

Is Wasteword a paid PROPAGANDA mill ?? ... or does it claim to retain any semblance of accuracy in news reporting / journalism ??

Jack L Eich
Jack L Eich

hemp is an amazing plant,food fuel and fiber. no pesticides or fertilizer either. I eat hempseeds with my cereal and we consume hemp fiber powder in my wifes home made bread. and I drink vanilla hemp milk too with my cereal

Hemp Hurd
Hemp Hurd

states like Tenn and Ark could become Leaders in this with the soil and weather...if we could just get rid of the corrupt southern Baptists in charge...{:}(

Hemp Hurd
Hemp Hurd

Hemp Shall Set You Free...Save The Bees and Free The Seed...Namaste...{:})

James Steele
James Steele

Awesome! However the Powers that be will try to tax it way more than it should! I wish Tennessee had the Foresight to approve Hemp Farming.

Ted DeBont
Ted DeBont

Colorado's Department of Agriculture is leading the way. Nice.

Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD
Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD

So this confirms that contrary to the LIES reported by Westword, the Hemp crop and harvest earlier this year in SE Colorado was in fact ILLEGAL.

As such, those criminals who deliberately jumped the gun should be DENIED any license to grow hemp in the future, as they've shown their propensity to ignore and violate the simplest of rules and regulations.

Hey Kevin Hunt -- still living large of that $200 you made from your acre of hemp?

LOL!

elkabong
elkabong

Hemp = economic failure.

Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD
Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD

@Mitch Harwood ... the Hempsters have shown their contempt and disdain for rules and regulation by jumping the gun ahead of Colorado Dept. of Ag. regulations, so being the criminals that they are, they simply committed more crimes to obtain their seed.

Now they've carelessly allowed the two different varieties to cross-pollinate, resulting in nothing but random bastardized unstable seed stock for next year.

Epic Fail!


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@bo001 Interesting post, bo001. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

stuka1
stuka1

@bo001  

Pretty much was a given that  the prohibitionists would fight every bit of this, tooth and nail, every step of the way...

bo001
bo001

@Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD With NO regulations...anything is legal. Get your brainwashed mind back in gear. Once they regulate the life out of it, THEN many things will be illegal.

Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD
Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD

@Jack L Eich "no pesticides or fertilizer either"

Complete BULLSHIT.

Typical lying stoner.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Hemp Hurd You make a good point, Hemp Hurd. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@O'Keenans Bullys Kennel Thanks for weighing in, O'Keenans. Much appreciated.

Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD
Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD

@O'Keenans Bullys Kennel  "HEMP WILL SAVE ARE [sic] PLANET"


Classic Illiterate Stoner Fail!

                    
                        *** All Your Hemp Are Belong To Us! ***

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@James Steele You may be right, James. Thanks for weighing in.

HempShare
HempShare

@Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD Jealous much? By this logic all those who have smoked a joint should be both denied any license to sell Marijuana AND charged with violation of U.S. Government Patent #6,67,0507 for using the Cannabinoids as neuro-protectants and anti-oxidants.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@elkabong It'll be interesting to see how this new industry works out, elkabong. Appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

HempShare
HempShare

@elkabong Let's see.

1) Food, check.

2) Shelter, check.

3) Clothing, check.

4) Energy, check.

5) Medicine, check.


Let's ask the audience: Folks if you could grow Food, Shelter, Clothing, Energy, Medicine, and/or trade your Hemp crop for anything else you needed would you call that;

A) An economic renaissance?

B) An idea whose time is over due?

C) An economic failure?

D)  A & B above.

Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD
Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD

@stuka1 @bo001 

Pretty STUPID of the Stoners and Hempsters to SURRENDER TOTAL CONTROL of marijuana and hemp to those very PROHIBITIONISTS via that festering turd A64, wasn't it ??

Stupid Stoners are as Stupid Stoners do!

Stay Stupid, Stuka! ... it's your only skill.



Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD
Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD

@bo001 ... does it hurt to be so ignorant?

Hemp -- Cannabis -- was, and still is, illegal in Colorado under STATE law until the State Hemp REGULATIONS were finalized and implemented, which doesn't begin until NEXT YEAR.

Grow a brain, dipshit.


elkabong
elkabong

Those who willfully violate state licensing laws are denied licenses as a matter of practice and fairness to those who follow the laws.

The state was crystal clear that no one should grow hemp until AFTER the regulations were written and licenses actually granted.

Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD
Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD

@michael.roberts @elkabong

It's only "new" to ignorant Colorado stoners who have no clue that Industrial Hemp has been grown around the world for decades, and hasn't resulted in any of the absurd "miracles" that the lying stoners continue to attribute to it.


elkabong
elkabong

Yet Canada, China and eastern Europe have been growing industrial hemp for decades ... where is their "economic renaissance" ?

LOL!

stuka1
stuka1

@bo001 @Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD @michael.roberts 

I was duped too, only read the headlines and title that claimed it would legalize.

I feel like a complete idiot. Next time I'll ask for help understanding what the words mean before I vote for it.

bo001
bo001

@Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD @michael.roberts @bo001 Are you still around showing how childish and ignorant you are?? Your babblings don't even make sense. Stoners and Hempsters?? Surrendering control? It was *voted* on fool.....and personally, I fought it. Problem was, too many sheeple thought regulation would get the feds off our backs and it passed....by a vote of ALL the people.And, they were pretty much sold a bill of goods....thinking it would just legalize and not realizing that it would be so ridiculously stringent, that it would send the industry back underground.....

bo001
bo001

@Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD @stuka1 @bo001 Every time you open your mouth....nothing really comes out. You need to get some sort of clue as to how to interact in society so everyone doesn't keep on thinking your some spoiled 12 year old.....

Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD
Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD

@bo001  = brain-dead bong-sucking illiterate stoner who was too stupid to read, much less comprehend what A64 proposed.


A64 did NOT legalize hemp.

A64 merely directed the State to "enact legislationregarding hemp -- any legislation the state desired. 

There was no mandate that hemp be legalized, once again due to the incompetence of the losers who wrote A64. The State could have written legislation that continued to BAN hemp, or written legislation that only allowed the State itself to grow it, or restricting it to a handful of University Research facilities -- there was no mandate to legalize it for the masses, none whatsoever.

A64 FAILED to specifically legalize hemp, to wit::

NOT LATER THAN JULY 1, 2014, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY SHALL ENACT LEGISLATION GOVERNING THE CULTIVATION, PROCESSING AND SALE OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP.

A64 gave the state until NEXT YEAR to write whatever legislation they wanted, as restrictive as they wanted. 

The State was crystal clear -- even issuing a public directive --  that NO ONE could legally grow hemp until after the State enacted such legislation, and compliant with such legislation and licensing -- which does not take effect until next year.

The self-promoting criminal fools who jumped the gun with their UNLICENSED, ILLEGAL crop earlier this year proved themselves to be deliberate lawbreaking scofflaws, and as such they should be denied any future State license.


Did your mother raise you to be so fucking stupid, or is that a skill you developed on your own?

bo001
bo001

@Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD @bo001 Talk about not having a brain and being a dipshit...You certainly qualify Ass Hotay. If you can read,,,go read Amendment 64. It LEGALIZED any form of Cannabis with .3% or less THC....ANY form....and it is specifically excluded from any other Cannabis regulations. Read the goddam words, dipshit. This is NOT Recreational Cannabis, which by law, cannot be legal until a certain date and with certain regulations....THAT is in 64, too.....This is hemp which will be regulated to death come March of '14....but was completely legalized by Amendment 64....so, STFU Ass Hotay.

Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD
Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD

@HempShare"Some laws are meant to be broken"

And those who deliberately and flagrantly break those laws should not expect to be granted a license, given their propensity to ... ignore rules and laws.

Ipso facto.


btw -- are you suggesting the unity of one-party politics, or in your delusional world would three-party -- or more -- be less divisive?

HipTip: think before you spew mindless soundbites.


HempShare
HempShare

@elkabong Some laws are meant to be broken so you can whine and I can post for you to quit your bitching because Tax & Regulate is certainly FUCKING the patient over well & good isn't it? Allowing the choices to be dictated by the ruling bodies is a pathetic exemplification of a powerless public. Licensure is a failure and by its sheer nature is divisive just as two-party politics are.

Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD
Donkey_Hotay_is_GOD

@HempShare

@HempShare ... if hemp is the economic windfall and environmental panacea that the hempheads claim it to be, then why aren't Canadian hemp farmers bazillionaires after 10+ years of industrial production?

Especially given their near exclusive access to the U$ (and world) consumer markets without the competition of U$ production for over a decade now. If the hemp-hippie's delusions of utopia were even half-true, Manitoba and Saskatchewan should be overrun with hemp-houses, hemp cars running on hemp oil in every garage, and streets paved with gold.

Fact is, many Canadian hemp farmers have returned to more traditional grain crops, given that industrial hemp yields a return of only about $200 / acre ... if everything goes well.

Fact is, U$ hemp farmers will never be able to compete with Chinese industrial hemp production, either in raw hemp or in the byproducts and goods made from hemp.

Fact is, even George Washington and Thomas Jefferson -- with their FREE slave labor -- failed financially to compete with European hemp.



HempShare
HempShare

@elkabong Excuse me? Canada has been growing hemp for less than two decades (not including pre-prohibition). They are doing perfectly fine. Take a gander at Manitoba Harvest for example on most grocery store shelves. Considering the food stuff has been suppressed by U.S. Corporate, Church, Academia and Government interests for 75 years, and America accounting for a HUGE amount of the world economy, I would say, the reason in Canada is due to U.S. suppressed market, AND Canada's relatively small population. As for China, get a clue. Come back with some figures and you'll shut your own trap there. Romania is tops. ALL developed countries have partners of the American International Corporation so they have 100 year old native companies who have bought & paid for Hemp suppression in their countries about 90 years ago. Read About That Here: http://reformed-theology.org/html/books/bolshevik_revolution/chapter_08.htm So yes in your limited acceptance and therefore lack of understanding, you've missed out on much of the correct research to look at.

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