Colorado’s full Legislature has given approval to Senate Bill 196, a proposal to establish a certified hemp seed program. The measure has been sent to Governor John Hickenlooper, who’s expected to sign it into law.
If signed by Governor Hickenlooper, or allowed to become law without his signature, Senate Bill 196 would establish a hemp seed program through the state’s Department of Agriculture, allowing farmers to apply with the Department to receive hemp seeds which they could then use for legally cultivating industrial hemp.
According to proponents of the bill, a lack of legally available methods of obtaining hemp seeds has preventing most farmers from cultivating the crop. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has already received approval from the DEA to import hemp seeds, which would be used to supply the seed program.
The text of the measure can be found by clicking here.