Hemp-farming registry bill passes; first plants are bound for the ground

By Melanie Asmar
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A bill to register hemp farmers with the state has been approved by lawmakers. Now all it needs is the governor’s signature before a nine-member committee can begin assisting the Department of Agriculture in developing a process that will allow the good people of Colorado to engage in widespread planting.
“It feels really, really great,” says advocate Lynda Parker, who was featured in our cover story, “Green Acres,” about the the legalization of hemp in Colorado, which was made possible by Amendment 64.”My goal has been to see Colorado hemp farmers put seeds in the ground without interference from the federal government,” adds Parker, a retired Yellow Pages saleswoman who believes in the fibrous plant’s potential to serve as a healthy, environmentally-friendly source of food, fiber, fuel and more.
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