Industrial Hemp Meeting in Boulder Saturday

Like its much-discussed cousin, marijuana, hemp is emerging from the shadows of illegality and being celebrated this weekend at the inaugural Hemp Meeting Boulder County 2014.

The event, which takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday at Boulder Public Library’s George Reynolds Branch, will feature hemp farmers, hemp vendors, hemp displays and a visit from Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett, who last year served on the rule-drafting Industrial Hemp Regulatory Committee.

“There will be free hemp samples — hemp coffee, hemp ice cream,” said Veronica Carpio, the Erie woman who helped put together the meeting. “There will be hemp seeds and hemp plants for sale for the first time. There will be a lot of hands-on hemp there.”

Carpio, a cannabis entrepreneur who owns Colorado Hemp Coffee, said the goal is to create a “hemp dynasty” in Boulder County, with farmers, seed collectors and hemp processing centers breathing new life into a once widely used crop that was banned during the federal marijuana crackdown early last century. Carpio, herself, ran afoul of drug laws a few years ago when the former Lafayette medical marijuana dispensary owner pleaded guilty to possessing more than 12 ounces of the drug after authorities accused her of selling pot to be taken out of state.

Hemp, the non-drug variant of the marijuana plant that can be used in products ranging from paper to shampoo to paint, was legalized in Colorado in 2012 when voters passed Amendment 64. The landmark ballot measure permits marijuana use and possession by adults and allows for the cultivation of hemp.

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