9 News Hemp

DENVER – The Colorado Senate recently did what the voters asked, passing SB241.

Senate Bill 241 would legalize growing of industrial hemp in Colorado.

That vote was unanimous, but the bill still needs to pass the House.

In a warehouse North of Denver in Lafayette, 9NEWS toured a small operation growing about a dozen hemp plants.

The plants are Cannabis sativa, the same species as some marijuana plants, but this would be the marijuana equivalent of non-alcoholic beer.

When grown to produce an intoxicating drug, the plant’s weight is typically five to 15 percent THC. By definition, industrial hemp must contain less than 0.3 percent of the drug.

“It’d be like smoking cabbage,” Erik Hunter with non-profit group HempCleans said. “You’d get a taste in your mouth and nothing else. You wouldn’t get high.”


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