Monday, December 29, 2014

Industrial Hemp Durango

Paperwork, Land and Seeds

Ok, first things first.

Industrial Hemp Forms and Applications
Research & Development Registration Application
Commercial & Industrial Hemp Registration Application
Citizenship/Immigration Status Verification  (Required for Sole Proprietorship)
PPQ 587 Application for Permit to Import Plants or Plant Products

The Rules, to be published as 8 CCR 1203-23, will sets forth the requirements of registration and inspection. These rules will be adopted and effective by early 2014.

The registration deadline is May 1 of each year, beginning in 2014.

Industrial Hemp means a plant of the genus Cannabis and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, containing a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of no more than three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) on a dry weight basis.

Two types of registration will be allowed: Research and Development (R & D) and Commercial.

R & D is limited to 10 acres or less and will be charged a registration fee of $100 plus $5/acre.
Commercial registrants are not limited in size of acreage and will be charged a registration fee of $200 plus $1.00/acre.

When registering, applicants must provide:
contact information
maps that include GPS locations of all growing locations and varieties planted
affidavits or lab tests showing that the crop planted will produce a THC content of 0.3% or  less

-CDA will select at least one third of registrants each year for field sampling and verification of 0.3% or less THC content. 
-Costs of field sampling and lab testing incurred by the Department will be passed on to the registrant.
-Fees for field sampling are currently $35/hour and will include drive time, sampling time and any per diem or room charges

Colorado Industrial Hemp Surveys
A networking group called the Colorado Hemp Coop has developed surveys to help determine what services the Cooperative can and will provide to members.

The first is a survey for farmers to gauge their interest in hemp as a new agricultural commodity. Colorado Hemp Cooperative Farmer Survey

The second is a survey of manufacturers & processors to determine the possibilities of creating more partnerships for the Cooperative. Colorado Hemp Cooperative Manufacturer/Processor Survey

The third is a survey of current and potential hemp consumers to establish if a consumer arm of the Cooperative is feasible. Colorado Hemp Cooperative Consumer Survey

Senate Rep. Jared Polis

A short clip from Ignite Boulder by Dr. Grant Orvis

After reading the rules, understanding the laws and a place to grow, seeds are next.  

Though it is now legal to grow Industrial Hemp in Colorado, 
hemp seed is still considered a banned substance by the DEA.

Seed is widely available on the international market but not legal to import..
because the DEA considers it a banned substance...even though its not.
(thanks to the amendments listed above)

The current policy of blocking imports of hemp leaves the only legal seed options being: Old USDA reserves of hemp seed from before hemp prohibition in 1937 and Hemp Seeds gathered from wild areas that have not been contaminated by strains of marijuana.

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