Colorado Senate Unanimously Approves Easing of Hemp Regulations
Colorado’s full Senate has given unanimous approval to Senate Bill 14-184, a measure to ease regulations on industrial hemp cultivation, and to establish a hemp research grant program.
Under the proposed law, which now heads to the House, an individual wanting to cultivate hemp would be allowed to apply for and receive a license at any point during the year; current law requires farmers to apply by May 1st. The measure would also remove the 10-acre restriction on those growing hemp for research or development purposes, and would remove a restriction that hemp farmers must cultivate the plant outdoors, opening the way for greenhouse-grown hemp.
The measure will also establish a hemp grant program, with the grants going to state colleges for hemp research.