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Rocky Mountain High Hemp Farming

08/06/2013

state-flag-coloradoColorado voters legalized marijuana last year. So what’s the next step? Hemp farming, of course.

Hemp, a milder cousin of marijuana, is a potentially lucrative crop that can be processed into goods as diverse as cooking oil, clothing and building material. That is so awesome.

Colorado has set up an industrial hemp commission to write rules to register hemp farmers and charge them a fee to grow the crop commercially. The state will also be able to randomly test crops to ensure that they contain no more than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana, far below the level found in marijuana.

Opponents say that hemp and marijuana are essentially the same plant and that both contain the same psychoactive substance.

Unless a clear and straight line can be drawn between growing hemp, creating needed product and producing revenue for states via taxes – why are we going down this path?

It’s really quite simple. Does the world really need farmers planting hemp in Colorado, Vermont and North Dakota? We don’t think so.

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