Colorado Hemp Farmers Ask for Nearly 1,300 Acres for Crops This Year

Hemp could be growing on more than 1,000 acres of Colorado farmland later this year — among the first legal grows since the 1950s.

The state registration period to grow hemp — legalized along with recreational marijuana through Amendment 64 — closed Thursday.

Farmers applied to grow hemp on 1,273 acres. Not all applications have been approved, and a few more could trickle in by mail if they were postmarked by Thursday.

Industrial hemp, a cannabis plant related to marijuana but lacking the THC chemical that makes marijuana users high, is harvested in other countries for its versatile use in food products, textiles and building materials.

Farmers expect to be planting the seed in Colorado within the next month.

Most say they found ways to purchase seed, typically bringing it into the country illegally since it is not federally legal, but other issues still haven’t been worked out.

– Read the entire article at The Denver Post.