The founder of a local hemp textiles company, Enviro Textiles LLC, believes Colorado is poised to enter a new era of prosperity thanks to the recent passage of Amendment 64 to the state Constitution.
Barbara Filippone, 56, who founded Enviro Textiles six years ago, has been promoting the beneficial qualities of hemp nationally and internationally for 24 years.
The Glenwood Springs facility, she said, is a warehouse stocked with more than 500 different samples of hemp fabrics, blends and other textile products. The Glenwood shop ships orders to small businesses and orders as large as four pallets of canvas to a Volkswagen factory, Haeske said.
State-level agriculture officials agree that hemp could be a valuable addition to the roster of cash crops in Colorado. But they are not so sure it will happen any time soon due to a continuing federal prohibition against growing the plant in the U.S.
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