Marijuana’s square cousin, industrial hemp, has come out of the black market and is now legal for farmers to cultivate, opening up a new lucrative market. That was the idea, anyway.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday he’s working with the Department of Justice to permit the importation of hemp seeds for cultivation.
A Colorado bill to expand industrial hemp production has cleared the state Senate and now heads to the House.
Colorado is just starting its experiment with industrial hemp production. But interest in the new crop is so strong that the state is moving to expand the number and size of farms that can grow marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin.
Three Weld County applicants have permission to grow hemp under Colorado regulations that took effect this year.
The federal government is ready to let farmers grow cannabis — at least the kind that can’t get people high.