DENVER - 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.
A Senate committee this week unanimously approved a bill to allow year-round hemp cultivation in greenhouses and eliminate a 10-acre limit on hemp farming for research and development.
Colorado authorized hemp cultivation in 2012 when it legalized marijuana for recreational use. The state Department of Agriculture is issuing production permits this spring. Some growers tried experimental crops last year.
The hemp expansion bill appears likely to pass. But there are obstacles to making hemp more than an experimental crop.
Senate Bill 184: http://bit.ly/1eSimbs