Colorado’s Senate has given unanimous approval to Senate Bill 196, a proposal to establish a certified hemp seed program. The bill was passed with unanimous support, 35 to 0.
Senate Bill 196 would establish a hemp seed program through the state’s Department of Agriculture, which would allow farmers to apply with the Department to receive hemp seeds, which they could then use for industrial hemp farming.
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 measure, which can be found by clicking here, has been sent to the House for consideration. Its passage in the House will put it on Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk.