Thursday, January 2, 2014

Colorado adopts regulations for hemp farming

The Associated PressPOSTED:
01/02/2014 10:34:05    ABOUT 3 HOURS AGO
Ryan Loflin, of Colorado Hemp, handles a batch of a particular kind of hemp seeds that produce vast amounts of hemp oil. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)Oct 12:Legal or not, industrial hemp harvest on its wayOct 7:Colorado farmer harvests first U.S. commercial hemp crop in 56 yearsDENVER—The Colorado Department of Agriculture has adopted the state's first industrial hemp rules that went into effect before New Year's Day.The department said Thursday producers can begin registering with the department's industrial hemp program on March 1.The annual registration fee for commercial production of industrial hemp will be $200, plus $1 an acre. The annual registration fee for research and development will be $100 plus $5 an acre.Industrial hemp, marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin, is already under limited cultivation in Colorado, though it defies federal drug law. Hemp and its oil-rich seeds are used mostly in foods, cosmetics and textiles.Hemp production was made legal last year when Colorado voters also decided to defy federal drug law and allow recreational marijuana for adults.Read more: Colorado adopts regulations for hemp farming -

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