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Industrial Hemp Legalized in Colorado


Colorado falls bring kids to farmsColorado Amendment 64 passed, allowing for the cultivation of industrial hemp. Most of the current buzz about the amendment is about legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes in the state. What has not made the national headlines is that Amendment 64 also included legalizing industrial hemp.

Some key excerpts from Amendment 64 concerning hemp:

In the interest of enacting rational policies for the treatment of all variations of the cannabis plant, the people of Colorado further find and declare that industrial hemp should be regulated separately from strains of cannabis with higher Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentrations.

“Industrial Hemp” means the plant of the genus cannabis and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed three-tenths percent on a dry weight basis.

“Marijuana” or “Marihuana” does not include Industrial Hemp, nor does it include fiber produced from the stalks, oil, or cake made from the seeds of the plant, sterilized seed of the plant which is capable of germination, or the weight of any other ingredient combined with marijuana to prepare topical or oral administrations, food, drink, or other product.

No later than July 1, 2014, the general assembly shall enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing and sale of Industrial Hemp.

Hemp is truly a wonder plant. There are over 25,000 confirmed uses for industrial hemp that include clothing, paper, plastic alternatives, building materials, and much more. Most products made from plastic, wood, or cotton can be made with hemp.

What does this mean for Colorado farmers? For starters, hemp requires very little water and no pesticides and herbicides. With drought conditions in the state, hemp is the most viable cash crop to plant under these conditions. In addition to ease of growing, one acre of hemp can provide the same amount of fiber as four acres of cotton. While hemp cultivation has been outlawed in the US, manufacturers of hemp products in the US have been thriving in recent years. Given the difficulty of importing raw hemp for manufacturing, our farmers already have immediate demand for their new crops in existing and expanding domestic markets. Simply put, farming industrial hemp will provide the US with manufacturing jobs, expand green initiatives, and provide our struggling agriculture industry with a cash crop that can be grown across the country.

EnviroTextiles is a pioneer in the Industrial Hemp industry, having overseen hemp cultivation and textile manufacturing in Romania, China, South Korea, Hungary, and Poland over the past 22 years. Conveniently located in Colorado, EnviroTextiles is poised to take full advantage of the ability to grow industrial hemp and is currently completing a vertical operation to produce hemp products in Colorado.

Summer Star Haeske
EnviroTextiles

5 comments

  1. Vincent de Lhery

    What I would like to know is where I can find litirature of hemp versus soy bean as a cash crop.

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    Posted on 18 November, 2012
    • Barbara Filippone

      You will not find anything , soy is a man made such as foam derived from GMO soy ,with numerous chemical additives to produce any given product. Hemp is a natural fiber depending on what verity is grown will determine it’s cash value.The value added products to industrial hemp are far more including the growing practices and value added products.
      Hemp also grows so dense that their is no need for herbicides.

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      Posted on 16 December, 2012
  2. Durango

    No later than July 2014. Geez, whats up with Gov’t red tape on “common sense”??? Its been 50 years awaiting and they can’t figure out the difference between the 2 plant strains….?? And we wonder how our country got into 14 Trillion of debt?? If any of us ran a business like our Gov’t runs our countries finances none of us would live in a house, have a credit card or own a bank account. It’s time out Gov’t gets over the double standard and uses common sense in the USA. We call our country the United States, yet we are discovering how disjointed we all run amuck under the headship of a failing government. Seriously…..D

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    Posted on 21 November, 2012
  3. Hemp-Prince

    I honestly cannot wait to see what this new legalization of weed does in A few years! I truly believe that if people came together and had the same vision, that weed could and will have A positive impact on society!

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    Posted on 8 December, 2012
  4. Brother Jonathan

    The power hungry politicians want to regulate hemp in order to line their own pockets with $dollars. They would regulate roses and lawn grass if the people were that dumbed down. Industrial hemp is the most healthy green plant on Earth yet the ruling class puts people in cages if they grow it. They “might” let us grow it by 2014 if we pay their ransom duties/fees/license. The ruling class in the 21st century are psychopaths who would not know how to live if not for stealing from productive people.

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    Posted on 7 January, 2013
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