US (CO): Colorado hemp plan wins approval from federal government

Regulators at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have given the go-ahead to Colorado’s hemp management plan, which will govern the state’s sizable industry for the crop and ensure that businesses there continue to operate in compliance with federal law.

Gov. Jared Polis (D) and state Agriculture Commissioner Kate Greenberg announced the plan’s approval at a media event held at a hemp farm on Tuesday morning. “Colorado is the undisputed leader in the cannabis industry, and our hemp plan is a model for the country,” the governor boasted in a statement, which also included praise from musician and cannabis fan Willie Nelson.

Greenberg said the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) plan “gives the greatest flexibility to Colorado’s hemp producers while ensuring requirements are in place in accordance with federal standards.”

“With this new plan in place, we are creating a huge number of new opportunities to further hemp production and uses here in Colorado, from paper to plastic substitutes, fabric, hempcrete, detergents, soaps, insulation, biofuel and so much more,” she said. “This plan approval will pave the way for a greater and more diverse hemp industry here in Colorado.”


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