Colo. Hemp Legislation Would Launch Industry
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Colo. Hemp Legislation Would Launch Industry
Posted by CN Staff on March 24, 2013 at 07:46:40 PT
By Steve Raabe, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post 
Denver -- Colorado's hemp-growing industry will kick off on a modest scale under state legislation expected to be introduced next week. The bill sponsored by state Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, would enable farmers to register for 10-acre research-and-development plots to test the viability of different hemp varieties.Hemp is genetically related to marijuana but contains little or no THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana. The seeds and fibers of hemp have dozens of commercial uses in foods, cosmetics, textiles and building materials.
The passage of Amendment 64 last year legalized in Colorado the possession and cultivation of both marijuana and hemp.However, growing hemp, as with marijuana, is still illegal under federal law. That's one of the reasons that hemp backers are proposing to launch the industry on a relatively small scale.Schwartz said Thursday at a hemp forum in Loveland that 10-acre R&D plots grown under state guidelines are less likely to attract federal law enforcement attention than bigger commercial farms.The proposed legislation would not prohibit larger farms, but backers say it is unlikely that farmers would choose to start on a large scale.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: Steve Raabe, The Denver PostPublished: March 22, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  Hemp Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by Swazi-X on March 24, 2013 at 14:32:29 PT
Overgrow the Government!
Hemp is the other white meat - and a great second prong to our efforts to get this plant normalized in our society.Even those who resist the idea that thc/cbd-rich cannabis cures many modern diseases like diabetes, cancer, etc. can appreciate a plant that takes minimal care and pesticides, yet produces everything from paper to building materials cheaply and copiously.Let the D.E.A. do their thing - even the lying morons who run that oppressive regime are seeing the writing on the wall. Every attempt they make at re-criminalizing cannabis will ultimately fail, because the lies they've based their argument on are now exposed and they know it. You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube, no matter how dumb you are.
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Comment #4 posted by HempWorld on March 24, 2013 at 13:59:20 PT
Re: The GCW
No forfeiture because it is/was on sovereign lands.
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on March 24, 2013 at 09:40:51 PT
Hemp is coming back.
Remember the native American's that grew hemp a couple years in a row up in South Dakota, was it, a few years back???The DEA cut down the first industrial hemp crop at Pine Ridge in a widely publicized raid on August 24th, 2000,...They just cut it down. There was some ceremonial publicity with it but no forfeiture. But there is the question of tribal land coming into play which may not take place in Wray, Colorado etc...The DEA is pedaling backwards. Remember when they tried to stop hemp foods? They are whacko and citizens are about done with their cannabis prohibition.It's time to RE-introduce hemp as a component of American agriculture.
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on March 24, 2013 at 09:24:48 PT
I remain sceptical
Is the DEA going to swoop in, just before harvest time? And will prosecution start forfeiture of the farm after the raid? And jail time for Mr. Bowman and his crew?Yeah, let's make another example of him on the altar of the drug war to protect 'the children' and you from yourself. When is it going to end?
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on March 24, 2013 at 09:07:40 PT
10 acres, 100 acres and counting.
Unless plans have changed, in Wray, Colorado:"...Bowman will plant 100 acres of hemp this spring on his 3,000-acre farm, where the winter wind now whips across barren wheat and corn fields.Cont.
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