Colorado Hemp Plan Wins Approval From Federal Government (And Willie Nelson)

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Regulators at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have given the go-ahead to Colorado’s hemp management plan, which will govern the state’s sizable industry for the crop and ensure that businesses there continue to operate in compliance with federal law. Gov. Jared Polis (D) and state Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg announced the plan’s approval at a media event held at a hemp farm on Tuesday morning. “Colorado is the undisputed leader in the cannabis industry, and our hemp plan is a model for the country,” the governor boasted in a statement, which also included praise from musician and cannabis fan Willie Nelson. Greenberg said the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) plan “gives the greatest flexibility to Colorado’s hemp producers while ensuring requirements are in place in accordance with federal standards.” “With this new plan in place, we are creating a huge number of new opportunities to further hemp production and uses here in Colorado, from paper to plastic substitutes, fabric, hempcrete, detergents, soaps, insulation, biofuel and so much more,” she said. “This plan approval will pave the way for a greater and more diverse hemp industry here in Colorado.” Legal hemp cultivation has been happening in Colorado since 2014, when the state launched an early hemp pilot program under a provision in that year’s federal Farm Bill. Four years later, the 2018 Farm Bill more broadly federally legalized hemp but required that states send individual regulatory plans to USDA for approval. “That was really a critical piece,” Polis said at Tuesday’s press event Tuesday, “and it allowed us to develop was was approved today: a new framework that meets the needs of Colorado farmers and producers, breaking down ridiculous barriers that got in the way and drove the cost up of hemp production.” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis / Colorado Department…

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