Hemp cultivation is now officially legal in Colorado, and licensed production could begin as soon as the end of the summer. Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 13-241 yesterday, a measure which fixes a provision in Amendment 64 which legalizes hemp only if the legislature and governor takes action to approve it, which they did with this measure.
Under the proposal, farmers will have the option of applying for a 10-acre plot of land in order to test various hemp strains, or they can request a license for a larger hemp farm which wouldn’t be limited by the number of plants.
Unlike other state-level hemp legalization measures, such as one recently approved in Kentucky, Colorado and its farmers won’t have to wait for a change in federal law to begin production. Even so, lawmakers are hard at work attempting to pass federal legislation (even including it as an amendment to a national farms bill) to end hemp prohibitiuon in the U.S..
The signing of Senate Bill 13-241 is yet another victory for the hemp and cannabis movement.