On April 4, 2014, Sen. Gail Schwartz introduced SB 14-184 – Concerning Oversight of the Industrial Hemp Program. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.
Current law limits a person who holds a registration to grow industrial hemp for research and development purposes to growth outdoors and on not more than 10 acres. The bill removes these limitations. The bill also changes the time period during which a person who wishes to grow industrial hemp may apply to the department of agriculture (department) from May first of the year in which the person wishes to grow hemp to prior to planting.
The bill requires the department to test at least 80% of the hemp crop in the industrial hemp registration program. The bill allows the general assembly to make general fund appropriations to support the program.
The bill exempts state-accredited research institutions that are engaged in research and development from the industrial hemp testing program. The bill allows a research and development registrant to use or destroy hemp that exceeds delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration limits established by the department in a manner approved and verified by the department.
The bill requires the department to administer an industrial hemp grant program that is funded through registration fees and moneys from the medical marijuana cash fund. The grants allow state institutions of higher education to conduct the research. The bill creates the industrial hemp research grant program fund.
The bill allows a person to process, sell, and distribute hemp cultivated by a registered person or to sell hemp products produced from the hemp.
On April 15, the Senate Local Government referred the amended bill to the Consent Calendar for consideration on 2nd Reading.
Since this summary, the bill passed the Senate on Second and Third Readings. It was amended on Second Reading. The bill was introduced in the House and assigned to the Local Government Committee.