Well it may prove to be the ultimate ‘cash crop’ for hard pressed farmers in Colorado, but what are the rules and regulations for budding hemp farmers in the State.
I am referring of course to the legalisation of marijuana in the Colorado which took effect this week. Obviously there are some restrictions and it is vital you stick to these in order to grow marijuana legally, the changes are included in Amendment 64 which covers the legal growth and production of hemp related crops.
It is of course likely to change, the state of Colorado is breaking new ground here and it’s not something that is happening anywhere else in the world yet. Even in countries like Holland, the drug is tolerated and the consumption of marijuana is not actually legal just not actively policed. Colorado is intending to completely legalise all aspects including the vast production and farming possibilities.
It’s going to be vital as this is likely to grow and spread, it would be amazing if neighboring states don’t start to follow suit especially when they see the migration that is likely to follow as well as the huge commercial benefits.
The basic rules include paying a license fees and then a volume fee based on the number of acres that are planted with hemp. The state intends to inspect about a third of the help crops in Colorado. Obviously this will start fairly small as no export will be possible however ensuring the crop doesn’t end up in neigbouring states where the drug is still illegal is one of the main concerns.
There has been criticism that little information is available for farmers who are looking at hemp production, particularly in how it effects subsidies they may receive for other crops like maize and corn.
Jeremy Greenhoff writes for the Colorado Young Farmer site on a freelance basis. He also writes on his own technology site and is a keen fan of farming, technology and the internet. Here’s one of his instructional videos on YouTube.