Imagine if Colorado, a pioneer in the nation for legalized marijuana, ended up locked out of a competitive advantage if the federal government relaxes its own rules for growing hemp. You can almost hear Alanis Morissette adding a verse to her famous song.
But that could happen, say those in Colorado’s hemp industry who are counting on voter support for a little-discussed question, called Amendment X, that will be on this November’s ballot. The ballot measure will accompany a dozen others that range from slavery to gerrymandering to how to fund education and transportation.
Buried in this cascade of questions, and so far getting little in-state attention, will be this:
“Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning changing the industrial hemp definition from a constitutional definition to a statutory definition?”
What does this mean exactly?
Colorado is the only state that has a definition of industrial hemp in its Constitution, according to hemp industry lobbyist Cindy Sovine. Hemp is the non-psychoactive part of a cannabis plant. In other words, it can’t get you high. But it can be used in some 25,000 products spanning from clothing to construction, health foods, biofuels, and more. [Read more at The C0lorado Independent]