Is Colorado getting all roped up with Industrial Hemp? Maybe. But just a few of us want to know more about it.
According to the Colorado Dept of Agriculture the differences between Industrial Hemp and Marijuana are simply chemical. Hemp and Marijuana are both cannabis plants and can be any strain or variation as long as the adhere to this rule: Hemp has less that .03 THC and Marijuana has a THC level that is more than .03. Its that simple.
The THC value is very important because its what makes marijuana a controlled substance. It provides the high. Take away that THC or at least drop it to less than .03 and you have a harmless plant with tremendous agriculture value. It’s also a plant that can be grown in our Colorado climate. These are two reasons that the State of Colorado has preceded the United States Government in making hemp legal to grow, harvest and ultimately make valuable hemp products with. The State of Colorado preceding the federal government has created some problems with processing and manufacturing of raw material and distribution of finished products, but many are confident that solutions will be worked out in the near future.
Industrial hemp products are in high demand. My own family purchases hemp baling string for their one ton round hay bales. (Their biodegradability is highly useful in our operation.) Currently if you are using hemp products they are likely coming from Canada or China. They are both very large producers of legal hemp. So we must ask ourselves, is in our interests to produce hemp?
Many believe that it would be a great economic driver to Colorado’s farming and agriculture communities. Giving us an edge that currently only a few states in the USA have. These are Colorado, Washington, California, Kentucky, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont and West Virginia.