Since passing of the 2014 Farm Bill, which allowed for the cultivation, processing, manufacturing, research and distribution of Industrial Hemp, Colorado has been a leader in terms of both acreage and innovation. As leadership continues to develop across our State, the Hemp Industries Association formed a State chapter, COHIA for short. We, the Executive Board of the Colorado Hemp Industries Association, support increasing the 0.3% THC threshold for definition of Industrial Hemp, to a level of 1% THC on a dry weight basis. This will allow American farmers to be on par with other international hemp farmers, and provide a breadth of cultivar variety to maximize production of fiber, grain, cannabinoids, hurd and oil seed.
COHIA was created to collaborate with farmers, processors, manufacturers, researchers and distributors; educate the public about the exceptional attributes of hemp products; facilitate the exchange of information and technology between hemp agronomists, researchers, processors, manufacturers , distributors and retailers; maintain and defend the integrity of hemp products; and advocate and support socially responsible and environmentally sound business practices.
Currently the 0.3% threshold for Industrial Hemp limits farmers’ ability to cultivate this plant. Furthermore, the requirement that farmers destroy crops that test over 0.3% THC, including those crops that test up to 1% THC, famers have a real risk of economic hardship. The reality is that even at 1% THC limit on a dry weight basis, there is no psychoactivity.
Tim Gordon, President of COHIA, articulates the Board’s position, “As President of COHIA, I stand in enthusiastic agreement with my fellow Board members with overwhelming support for a 1% THC threshold on a dry weight basis. At 1%, the opportunity for hemp farmers and producers to ensure success while striving to optimally produce hemp products with NO psychoactivity will boost the hemp industry in Colorado and give solidarity to economic expansion to new markets allowing our State and industry to thrive.”
Please support the upcoming Industrial Hemp Farming Act, and an increase in the THC threshold from 0.3% to 1%. This will provide economic benefits to farmers, processors, manufacturers and distributors, and add badly needed tax revenue to our State.