Once banned because it is a close cousin to marijuana, hemp is coming back in Colorado and now has its own convention, attracting international interest as a new crop for farmers struggling to find new crops to stay afloat.
A Colorado bill to expand industrial hemp production has cleared the state Senate and now heads to the House.
The Colorado Department of Agriculture has adopted the state’s first industrial hemp rules that went into effect before New Year’s Day.
Southeast Colorado farmer Ryan Loflin tried an illegal crop this year. He didn’t hide it from neighbors, and he never feared law enforcement would come asking about it.