Colorado hemp farmers ask for nearly 1,300 acres for crops this year

By Yesenia Robles The Denver Post
Colorado farmers growing hemp
Hemp farmer Ryan Loflin handles a batch of a particular kind of hemp seeds that produce vast amounts of hemp oil. (AAron Ontiveroz, Denver Post file photo)

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.

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