Farmers Begin Planting Hemp Under New Colorado Hemp Legalization

Many farmers in Colorado will be expanding their list of planted crops this Spring after groundbreaking legislation was passed last November that allowed not only for the legalization of marijuana, but hemp as well. Now in case you’re not familiar, hemp is actually a multi-purpose substance that does not produce the high effects of marijuana. In fact, it’s mainly used as a super cheap and highly efficient building material — at least in other nations where ridiculous bans are not enforced on the ‘high-free’ material.

Colorado farmers like Michael Bowman will be planting 100 acres of hemp to be harvested and sold off as not only building material, but a highly nutritious superfood. While marijuana is considerably high in the substance known as THC  (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol), which of course is the compound that produces the ‘high’ effects, it’s also significantly low in what’s known as CDB (cannabidiol). That’s where hemp comes in. Both THC and CDB are known as  cannabinoids, but hemp is particularly high in CDB while lacking in THC.

Hemp as a Superfood, Industry Transformer

These cannabinoids have actually been promoted by many first hand sources as not only a health optimizing substance, but a serious solution to cancer. One popular documentary titled ‘Run from the Cure’ by Rick Simpson, which is available for free on Youtube, focuses on the use of hemp oil to conquer cancer.

Rich in essential oils, fiber, and a close to complete amino acid profile, hemp contains beneficial ingredients such as:

  • Linoleic acid (44% of the weight of hempseed is actually full of edible oils)
  • Omega 3 fatty acids (shown time and time again to fight against anxiety, depression, and even inflammation)
  • Omega-6
  • A ‘complete’ amino profile that surpasses the profile of eggs, milk, soy, and many meats. This includes the 9 essential aminos that the human body cannot produce on its own.

It is for these reasons that hemp is utilized today in many high quality products like protein shakes, energy bars, and many more food products. Two tablespoons of shelled hemp seeds contain about 11 grams of protein and 2 grams of unsaturated omega-3 fatty acids.

Its versatility allows it to be a prime ingredient even in clothing and fabric-based industries. It could  transform the entire industry, replacing unsustainable materials with environmentally friendly hemp.

Feds: ‘We Will Come for Your Hemp’

That is if the federal government doesn’t seize it across the nation. The DEA has its sights set on confiscating all hemp planted and grown in the United States through citing the Controlled Substances Act, which doesn’t differentiate between marijuana and hemp. The agents, which will ignore state law and enforce federal law throughout any state, say that they will be going after farmers who plant non-THC hemp as if they were planting marijuana. After all, they say it doesn’t matter what it actually is.

“It really doesn’t matter whether it looks different or it looks the same,” DEA agent Paul Roach told NPR. “If it’s the cannabis plant, it’s in the Controlled Substances Act and, therefore, enforceable under federal drug law.”

In the event that Colorado manages to generate acres of hemp without the federal government raiding the super efficient substance that is classified as a dangerous drug, it will provide a serious industry change that may spread to other states and potentially even federal law. In the more likely scenario of federal agents jailing hemp farmers and raiding their ‘drug’ operations, an intellectual and legal resistance will be in order to attempt to alter the ridiculous laws surrounding the cultivation of hemp.

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30 Responses to "Farmers Begin Planting Hemp Under New Colorado Hemp Legalization"

  1. want to get high. NOW!  February 4, 2013 at 10:27 am

    But can you smoke it?

    • GOD  February 10, 2013 at 1:09 am

      because of people like you cannabis is ilegal.

    • holly2cu  March 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      industrial hemp Does NOT get you HIGH!
      It is just a crop that has a large amount of products that can be made from it!

  2. Kannabliss  February 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Do you even read bro?

  3. Craig  February 4, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    If you have been to the midwest, you will know that hemp grows almost everywhere that isn’t mowed or cultivated. The ditches are full of it. It doesn’t have the “get high” effect but it is the same in all other aspects. It grows wild since it was introduced as a cash crop before prohibition. I wonder if someone could be prosecuted for not mowing all of their land to rid it of the evil weeds.

  4. R Andrew Ohge  February 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Perhaps it’s time for State Law Enforcement to arrest DEA Agents attempting to seize Hemp as a “drug” as Domestic Terrorists.

    • Francesca Fiore  February 4, 2013 at 11:28 pm

      AGREED !

    • tielman  February 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Domestic Terrorism. Right in our own back yard. Yes, And we stand by and let the government DO AS THEY PLEASE.

  5. Mike Parent  February 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Doesn’t the DEA have some Windmills to slay? That Bureaucracy really has to get reigned in. They’re trying to kill a Green Industry in it’s infancy because…..of no good reason.

    • tielman  February 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

      Vested interests. And President Obama said there’d be NO lobby pressure in his government? Follow the money folks, follow the money. Hemp has the ability to help clean up the environment and reduce our dependancy on FOREIGN OIL immensly. Read your countries History.

    • standupand fight  February 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      i think its for the same reason the gov’t originally chose cotton over hemp in the 1700’s. Cottons singular use for textiles made it other plants would be used for other purposes. The basic logic is that hemp makes less money, so they are killing a green industry because of greed.

  6. khaos  February 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I think it’s pretty sad that such an amazing natural and replenish able resource that could massively improve the quality of life for people and reduce the environmental impact, has not been legal to grow before now and still is not in 48 fucking states. It can’t get you high what’s their fucking excuse?!!!! FINALLY a small amount of justice!!

  7. JohnnyBoi  February 4, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    No wonder…. The DEA better open their eyes!

  8. waltinseattle  February 5, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Time to Nullify Federal Over Reach

  9. Loretta Huston  February 7, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Timing is everything, WE must Embrace “common sense” Solutions if we are to Embrace this Greatest Paradigm Shift on Earth! Hemp is the most versatile, superior plant here on Earth. It’s been used for 10 thousand years and 32 other countries are benefiting from the practical potential of this plant alone. Millions of dollars in profits are generated annually from our Northern neighbor Canada. America is way behind the changing times.

  10. standupand fight  February 10, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Hemps lack of mind altering effects should be more than enough to prove that it shouldn’t be a controlled substance, and furthermore, if these farmers are growing hemp within state laws and legally distributing it than not allowing this undermines the Capitalism which our Gov’t so loves. Dont take away our ability to aide society.

  11. Incognito  February 13, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Don’t need farming and science and government to grow a cannabis cultivar. Once a year in a good mood….

  12. Robert Cullen  February 19, 2013 at 10:59 am

    One step 4ward,2 steps back.Americans are legally allowed to keep a killing macine(gun)but not allowed to have something that could save millions of lives!Governments dnt want a cure for cancer,coz ppl are gonna live 2 long,and that will be a lot of extra pension money.

  13. austin  March 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Hemp is NOT high in CBD, i am very sure of this because in high doses of CBD you get different euphoric and medicinal effects, and hemp was bred for it’s size, fiber, and seed amount, not CBD or THC which is practically non-existent. i think the author must have gotten confused about the differences between the medicinal indica and sativa because some of those have high CBD content and are for smoking where as HEMP has little to no cannabiniods.

  14. Wildflower  April 25, 2013 at 3:07 am

    I think that one reason that the law doesn’t differentiate between marijuana and industrial hemp is that it’s incredibly easy for hemp farmers to hide a few TCH-containing marijuana plants in their fields along with the non-TCH hemp plants. There are so many marijuana cultivars that it wouldn’t be all that difficult to find one that looks similar enough to industrial hemp that it wouldn’t stand out among the hemp plants. DEA agents don’t have time to inspect every single plant on a 100 acre hemp farm. I would like to see both marijuana and hemp legalized, or at least decriminalized, but it would be very difficult to enforce anti-marijuana laws if industrial hemp was legalized. I see it as just another valid reason to legalize marijuana, but unfortunately, our government doesn’t see it that way.

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