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This Friday, January 23rd, 2015, there will be a public hearing in the San Juan Conference Room at the main office for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Vote Hemp and similar organizations are encouraging Colorado citizens, especially those interested in hemp farming, to attend this rule-making session as a show of solidarity.
The rule hearing’s focus will be “Rules Pertaining to the Administration and Enforcement of the Industrial Hemp Regulatory Program Act.” This rule making session will help establish the infrastructure of the state’s industrial hemp farming program. There are quite a few changes to the original language being considered which could affect the program and its implementation.
Proposed rules include placement of hemp fields at least 1 mile from registered outdoor cannabis grow operations and a quarter mile from indoor grow operations, to ensure there is no cross-pollination of the crops. Those wishing to grow hemp must apply via the Department of Agriculture, and they may be required to submit some of their hemp for laboratory testing, should the Department feel it is necessary. They require notification within 10 days of when the crop is planted and notice at least 30 days before harvest.
The State of Colorado currently defines hemp as a strain of cannabis with 0.3% THC based on dry weight, and there are punishments and fines proposed for hemp cultivators whose hemp is tested at over 0.3% THC and over 1% THC. The proposed changes to the rules include removal of language that would have prevented repeated testing of the same cultivators for several years without cause.
The location of the meeting, as noted before, is the San Juan Conference Room within the Colorado Department of Agriculture main offices, located at 305 Interlocken Parkway, Broomfield, Colorado 80021. It is scheduled to begin at 10am and should run until noon.
For previous Ladybud Magazine articles about industrial hemp, click here.
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