DENVER, CO — The Colorado Senate approved a hemp regulation bill Firday by a 34-1 vote, sending the bill to the House for consideration.
The bill, Senate Bill 241, passed by a vote of 34-1, with the lone vote against the bill coming from a state Senator who says he does not oppose hemp, but instead opposes the bill’s requirement that hemp farmers register with the state Agriculture Department.
Prior to the vote, Senators snacked on hemp granola bars, and said the crop would be beneficial to Colorado farmers.
The bill was received by the House on Friday, where it was assigned to the House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources.
Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa that contains only minute (less than one percent) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
Farmers worldwide grow hemp commercially for fiber, seed, and oil for use in a variety of industrial and consumer products, including food and clothing. The United States is the only developed nation that fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an economic crop, according to the Congressional Resource Service.
Of the eight states who previously approved industrial hemp legislation, only Hawaii has received a federal waiver allowing them to grow an acre of hemp for research purposes.
Federal legislation, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013, to amend the Controlled Substances Act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana is currently pending in the US Senate and House of Representatives.