Posted January 17, 2014
The Colorado Department of Agriculture recently adopted the first industrial hemp rules for the state, according to an article by the Associated Press, available here.
The rules, available here, allow producers to begin registration with the department’s industrial hemp program on March 1. The annual registration fee for commercial production of industrial hemp is $200, with an additional $1 per acre. The annual registration fee for research and development will be $100, with an additional $5 per acre.
Industrial hemp production was made legal last year. Amendment 64 to the Colorado Constitution directs the General Assembly to enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp. SB 12-241 called for the creation of a program in the Department of Agriculture to regulate the practice. The new rules will be published as 8 CCR 1203-23.
For a recent report on hemp as an agricultural commodity from the Congressional Research Service, please visit the National Agricultural Law Center’s website, here.