The Colorado Hemp Industries Association addresses HB 18-1187- GW Pharmaceuticals.

On behalf of the COHIA board of directors, its members and the hemp industry in Colorado we do not support HB18-1187 in its first writing.  It is important for both COHIA, and the industry to be a contributor to any conversation that concerns industrial hemp. COHIA is working to include language that guarantees protection for hemp based cbd companies operating lawfully in the state of Colorado.

While not supportive of the bills original language; COHIA supports the recent revisions set forth by the Colorado hemp policy round table for the following reasons:

  1. As the hemp industry continues to mature across the country, we will have to work with pharma companies seeking market space.
  2. Rather than make arguments against these bills, it is in the best interest of the hemp industry and our COHIA members to steer proper legislation and regulation with constructive dialogue.

We have heard your questions and feedback from many of our members and continue to work with legislators, lobbyists and other stakeholders to ensure that the bill, if passed, ensures the strongest protections for industrial hemp possible.

As part of our dedication to protecting our hemp industry, to being transparent to our members and in conjunction with the Hoban Law Group and the Hemp Policy round table.

please see the most recent revisions (February 15th, 2018) below:

Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services.
HB18-1187 be amended as follows:
1 Amend printed bill, strike everything below the enacting clause and
2 substitute:
3 “SECTION 1. In Colorado Revised Statutes, 18-18-406, add (8)
4 as follows:
5 18-18-406. Offenses relating to marijuana and marijuana
6 concentrate – definitions. (8) (a) THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION DO
16 AND 43.4 OF TITLE 12; OR


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Call to Action to support HB 18-1133:  Marijuana Fibrous Waste Recycling Facilities

The Colorado Hemp Industries Association and the Colorado Hemp Legislative Roundtable voted to proactively pursue HB18-1133 concerning allowing for the processing of marijuana fibrous waste.  The bill has been scheduled for its first hearing on this coming Monday, February 5th at 1:30PM in the House Ag Committee.  Please take a moment to email and/or call the members of the committee and let them know you support this legislation.   Your participation in grass roots communication will be key to the success of this and other proposals moving forward.
Here is the contact information for the House Ag committee.  Talking points for the bill are below.   Please feel free to forward this email on to any Hemp Farmers, Hemp Businesses or Hemp enthusiasts you think will be interested in showing support.  Thank you for taking action. This is what grassroots political activism looks like!
First Name Last Name Email Work Phone Party Affiliation District
Jeni Arndt 303-866-2917 Democrat 53
Jon Becker 303-866-3706 Republican 65
Perry Buck 303-866-2907 Republican 49
Marc Catlin 303-866-2955 Republican 58
Jessie Danielson 303-866-5522 Democrat 24
Daneya Esgar 303-866-2968 Democrat 46
Chris Hansen 303-866-2967 Democrat 6
Dominique Jackson 303-866-3911 Democrat 42
Kimmi Lewis 303-866-2398 Republican 64
Hugh McKean 303-866-2947 Republican 51
Dylan Roberts 303-866-2923 Democrat 26
Lori Saine 303-866-2906 Republican 63
Donald Valdez 303-866-2916 Democrat 62
Support HB 18-1133:  Marijuana Fibrous Waste Recycling Facilities
The Issue: Recyclable Marijuana Plant Waste Filling our Landfills
Current laws governing marijuana waste require that all waste – including plant material – be destroyed and thrown away, primarily into landfills.   Current MED rules for waste disposal require licensed marijuana facilities to grind up all marijuana waste, including the stalks, on the premises.  Many licenses have found that the only way they can grind up the stalks, which are very tough material, is to use a gasoline-powered mulcher within the licensed premise exposing employees to unnecessary risks (electric mulchers generally are not powerful enough to do the job of rendering the material unusable and unrecognizable).
The State of Colorado has one of the lowest rates of recycling in the country.  According to the Colorado Association for Recycling, the rate of recycling in Colorado is only 11 percent of all solid waste – compared to a nationwide average of 34 percent.  CDPHE reports a rate of 19 percent.  All agree that it is well below the national average.
Industry extrapolated estimates based on sales data suggest we are throwing nearly a million pounds of waste in our landfills each day after chopping the plant waste to bits and mixing it with dirt.  The proposed marijuana fibrous waste recycling bill aims to address this problem by creating a process for license holder to recycling plant waste for the purposes of making non-consumable products.
The Solution:  Enhanced Supply Chain for Natural Fiber Products Market
The fibrous parts of plants of genus Cannabis (primarily the stalk, but also stems and roots) have many potential economic uses.  Long fibers in stalk can be used to make textiles.  Short fibers can be used to make building materials and animal bedding.  The fibers also can be processed further to make a wide variety of industrial materials, from feedstock for 3D printers, pulp for making paper, and industrial-grade sugars and lignins for the manufacture of industrial products.
Cannabis fiber industries have not yet taken off in Colorado because the infrastructure (pre-processing, transportation and processing) does not yet exist.  This is due to a lack of critical mass of source material, prohibitive costs and bottlenecks in production and transportation. By creating an environment that provides a recycling alternative for marijuana fibrous waste, we can create a readily available supply of Cannabis fiber for processors and help kick-start the natural industrial fiber industry in Colorado helping Industrial Hemp fiber markets flourish.
Relationship to Industrial Hemp
Under this proposal, both fibrous waste from marijuana and industrial hemp may both be processed in the same recycling facility, using the same industrial processes to manufacture the same types of industrial materials.   This legislation was written and designed in conjunction with the marijuana and hemp industries with the intent of jump starting the supply chain for Industrial Hemp.
Marijuana and industrial hemp will continue to be defined and regulated separately in the State of Colorado.  Under this proposal, both fibrous waste from marijuana and industrial hemp may both be processed in the same recycling facility, using the same industrial processes to manufacture the same types of industrial materials.
Diversion of Legal Marijuana
The stems and stock material that this legislative proposal addresses – fibrous waste – is almost pure cellulose.  Only the green portions of the marijuana plant (flowers and leaves) contain any significant concentrations of THC, or of any other type of cannabinoid.  The current legislative proposal addresses only the cellulosic fiber components of the marijuana waste stream, not the green material.
If it were technically and economically feasible to extract THC from these Cannabis stocks and stems, then license holders would be doing that and not be chopping that waste into bits and mixing it with dirt for the landfill.  The industry wouldn’t be generating the mountain of marijuana plant waste that it is generating now.  The very fact that fibrous waste is almost pure cellulose and presently is going nowhere except into landfills only demonstrates that there is no risk of this material being diverted into the illegal marijuana markets.
Q: Does this bill address Hot Hemp?
A: No.  Hot hemp does not meet the definition of Fibrous Waste, nor is it legal industrial hemp.  Hot hemp is not a legal crop under Colorado law.  It cannot legally be delivered to an industrial fiber recycling facility. Nothing in this legislative proposal legalizes or otherwise changes the present illegal status of hot hemp.
Hot hemp already is subject to strict rules by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, which requires that such material be either destroyed or else put to an alternative use on the registered land area (the grow site) approved by the Commissioner of Agriculture.  Hot hemp and anything made from hot hemp may not be sold or transported off of the registered land area.
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Tell our Colorado Legislators NO on Marijuana Tracking

The Colorado legislative session began last week and we have been watching closely. While we have not released an official position statement. We feel that a response to Senate Bill 29: Marijuana Tracking is appropriate. This bill would add a GMO tracking mechanism to Marijuana and Hemp produced in Colorado. We encourage you to reach out to your representatives and ask them to kill this in committee. For an analysis and talking points please see the alert prepared by Cindy Sovine-Miller the lobbyist for the newly formed Hemp Policy Roundtable representing COHIA and our members at the Capitol.

Please Oppose SB 18-29: Marijuana Tracking

Background: Colorado leads the nation in hemp cultivation since the passage of Amendment 64 and section 7606 of the Farm Bill.  This has been specifically due to the bipartisan approach of treating hemp like any other agricultural commodity and food product. With over 7500 acres of hemp harvest last year – more than double the acres than peach orchards and 10 times greater than melons – hemp is increasingly becoming a agricultural staple in rural Colorado.

Summary: This bill unfairly groups hemp in with marijuana. It will force rural farmers to purchase an unproven tracking technology in order for law enforcement to track and trace hemp and hemp products as though they are illicit drugs.

Talking Points why SB 18-29 Should be Opposed or Significantly Amended:

The Hemp Industry has been integral for small farmers in Colorado. Colorado currently leads the nation in hemp acreage being grown and legislation like this would absolutely stymie the industry, put small farmers and financial and legal risk, and threaten hundreds of rural jobs.

Mandating small farmers to purchase an unproven technology will be prohibitive financially and since many hemp farmers operate without Federal Crop Insurance, this bill will create a massive legal and financial liability.

Hemp products are legal under federal law and protected under section 7606 of the Farm Bill. Since Hemp poses no “black market” risk, there is no reason to track hemp from seed to sale.

Hemp food products are safe and non-intoxicating. Hemp products have never been known to cause any health risks to the public and there are no known cases of illness or hospitalization due to a safely produced hemp product..

It is clear that this bill is intended to track illegally trafficked drugs into the black market due to the heavy law enforcement inclusion. Hemp is not a black market product nor is it a drug.

The bill title specifically references marijuana. Hemp is NOT marijuana and should not be included in any marijuana specific legislation.

There was no hemp industry input into the drafting of this bill which would drastically change how hemp farmers and manufacturers operate.

This technology would be better utilized by law enforcement and mandated for use in the pharmaceutical industry to track opiods; a dangerous drug that has cause untold number of death and created an unprecedented public health crisis.

Our priority is to safeguard the hemp industry as it currently operates in Colorado. Colorado hemp products and crops should be treated with the same respect and fairness as internationally imported and produced hemp products or any other signature Colorado crop. Hemp is not a drug and poses no public health or black market risk. Please oppose this bill as drafted

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Colorado Department of Agriculture reveals its Hemp in Animal Feed Study

Colorado is once again leading the country in creating new opportunities in the Hemp Industry. With the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 109, sponsored by Senator Kerry Donovan and Rep. Jeni Arndt the legislature approved a study on the inclusion of Hemp in Animal Feed.  Led by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and a stakeholder group that included livestock producers, veterinarians, higher education institutions and legal professionals the report was released at the beginning of the year and the complete study can be found here.

The study identified six conclusions:

1: Prioritize federal approval Since animal feed ingredients are subject to regulation by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and state governing agencies, stakeholders noted that a submission effort should focus on gaining federal approval, rather than approval by states individually. However, there are resources and general support from private industry and academic institutions in Colorado that can contribute to a submission effort, including conducting additional research that will most likely be needed for a comprehensive submission to the FDA.

2: Focus on whole hemp seed and hempseed by-products An ingredient submission should focus on parts of the plant that have the best chance of receiving federal approval, namely whole hemp seed and hempseed by-products: i.e., hempseed cake and hempseed oil. Other parts of the plant, such as the stalk, flower, root, and leaf could be the focus of a future ingredient submissions if research supports their safety and utility for livestock production and companion animals.

3: Conduct research on economic viability Economic research on the viability of any new crop is essential. Stakeholders felt there is a lack of domestic economic data specific to hemp seed and hempseed by-products in animal feed. Additional U.S.-based economic studies on hemp by-products for use in animal feed would help address questions regarding the practicality of producing and manufacturing hempseed products for animal feed as well as provide a competitive analysis of existing feed options currently used.

4: Target submission of a Food Additive Petition (FAP) While there are multiple pathways for a proposed ingredient to become approved for animal feed, stakeholders felt that any submission effort should focus on submitting a Food Additive Petition (FAP) to the Center of Veterinary Medicine at the FDA (FDA-CVM) due to the safety concerns surrounding hemp.

5: Include an experienced consultant in the collaborative effort Considering the growing interest in hemp by-products in animal feed for both livestock and companion animals, any submission effort should strive to be a collaborative effort that includes a broad number of participants from private, public and academic organizations. While collaboration is a key conclusion from group discussions, stakeholders recommended that a submission effort is coordinated through a consultant with experience in developing and submitting FAPs to the FDA-CVM.

6: Execute a S.A.F.E petition process Execution of a submission effort will require a “S.A.F.E.” petition to be successful, where petitioners should:

  • S – Start early discussions with the FDA-CVM
  • A – Assemble and assess existing research
  • F – Fill in any gaps with additional research
  • E – Execute a targeted petition that identifies specific species and intended uses

A “food additive” is defined by the Food and Drug Administration as “any substance that—directly or indirectly—becomes a component or otherwise affects the characteristics of any food. This definition includes any substance used in the production, processing, treatment, packaging, transportation or storage of food.” Although Hemp has been in food for decades (if not a centuries) there has been no official application submitted to the USDA to include hemp in either human food or animal feeds. The USDA and FDA have asked the Hemp Industry to provide them with guidance and is poised to approve Hemp Food. It is time for the industry to come forward and engage with the FDA and USDA to meet the assessments required in the approval process.  This will not be accomplished without due diligence and investment from the Hemp Industry.

The first step will be to complete the Food Additive petition. A new coalition being driven by the Colorado Hemp Industries Association has stepped forward to lead this effort with the collaboration of Hemp Farmers, Livestock producers, and the National Animal Supplements Council. The petition promises to be time consuming with a need for additional research and a qualified consultant to complete the application. But, the potential benefit to Hemp farmers and processors across the United States is will hemp into mainstream food production for the first time and begin to recognize the true market potential of Hemp.

Additional Online Resources:

The Food Additive Petition is managed by the United States Department of Agriculture for more information on Food Additives visit:


“Colorado bill directs CDA to study the use of hemp in animal feed”:


“CDA FAQs on Industrial Hemp as Commercial Feed”:


“Summary of the “Industrial Hemp in Commercial Fed Stakeholder Review”:


“A Stakeholder Review of the Feasibility of Industrial Hemp By-Products as Animal Feed Ingredients”:

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Update on Industrial Hemp from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE)

Update on Industrial Hemp from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE)

This week COHIA had a meeting the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) to discuss the regulation of Hemp and Hemp products in Food. The goal of the meeting was to establish a relationship between the Colorado Hemp Industries Association and the department and to ask for some clarity about Hemp in Food.

There were a few clarifications, excellent questions and the identification of ways that we can work together that I want to share with our members.


-Programs at CDPHE work directly with the Department of Revenue to oversee Marijuana both medicinal and recreational.

-CDPHE is working with CDA to clarify when oversight of hemp transfers from CDA to CDPHE.  More to come on this topic.

-Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for food and food additives is the job of the CDPHE.

-the Cottage foods act does not allow for the use of CBD.  Hemp seed is considered an approved and allowable ingredient for cottage food producers. – CDPHE unlike other states does not regulate cosmetics.  Oversight of cosmetics is done by FDA.

-CDPHE is excited to work with our industry to ensure that Colorado Hemp Products are of the highest quality for the consumers and wants to engage with us to assist in assuring that as this emerging market continues to grow; complaint products are produced.

-It is illegal to add unbottled CBD to food products; so you cannot simply add CBD to a drink or honey at the point of sale.


If it’s illegal to add nonlabelled CBD products to food; then what do they recommend?

-Present the product unopened with it’s label including ingredients and nutritional statement where the consumer can look at it before purchase and during consumption.

Hemp flower is an agricultural commodity after it is pre-processed, then extraction is the first step in processing and should be regulated. How does this effect the extraction services and market for that product?

-The extractors and extraction process is under the regulatory jurisdiction of the CDPHE and should also meet the Good Manufacturing Practice that they put forth. It is a product that will be consumed and it is in the Hemp industries best interest to keep our consumers health and experiences in mind.

How can we leverage the CDPHE to assist us in the creation of a nutritional supplement market?

-They want to work with the Hemp Industry and are can promote not only compliance but are willing to answer questions           without fear of compromise.

If the cottage food act does not protect small batch Hemp producers what do they recommend?

-Even with small batch production, work to meet labeling and nutritional guidelines as recommended by the CDPHE and FDA.

If a Hemp product tests hot does it immediately pass into the marijuana enforcement?

-This is being considered right now by the CDPHE, CDA and Marijuana enforcement.

My thanks to Laura Van Wagenen of the CDPHE.

Laura Van Wagenen
Federal Manufactured Foods and Recall Program Coordinator
303.692.3649  |  F 303.753.6809  | C 720.355.3861
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246
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CDA and the Hemp Advisory Committee address the challenges for the future of Hemp

The Colorado Department of Agriculture hosted a meeting of the Hemp Advisory Committee on November 27th. The majority of the meeting was a review of the state of Hemp in Colorado. The meeting closed with a long discussion about the challenges facing the Hemp Industry. This COHIA update focuses on these so that we can prepare for 2018 and the future of Hemp.

Federal Policy

-not all states getting the same guidance
-Need judicial prudence
-discrepancy between USDA and DEA
-industrial hemp farming act has some concerning elements

Federal Seed Act is not being enforced
-low quality ‘certified’ seed being dumped into the US market
-no recourse for low quality seed, no quality assurance, true-ness, type or quality
-also, true across state lines

Different State Regulations
-Lack of uniformity will impact the industry
-need a common perspective

Can’t catch us all (bad players)
-counter culture effort to encourage cannabis planting without registering
-participating in Industrial Hemp Program is voluntary
-no matter the THC level this is illegal marijuana with no protection from the DEA
-seriously undermines the legitimacy of the program

The system gamers issue

-registrants submitting artificially early harvest reports to get tested early

-few illegal marijuana plantings in registered acres

-using hemp registrations to hide marijuana grows


Blurred Industry lines

-raising the THC limit

-use of non-compliant materials in the market

-use of marijuana waste to be used as ‘industrial hemp’

-more regulations would be needed to maintain the constitutional provisions to keep them separate

-increases the regulatory job of the CDA

-does not reward the farmers who are compliant and growing Hemp


Law Enforcements changing involvement

-all of these things have shifted law enforcements perception

-a few bad apples

-DEA has been more cooperative, but that seems to be sliding

-law enforcement has begun to be very aggressive

-much different than 2015 and 2016

-increased number of calls with premature and unsubstantiated suspicions

-CDA is most concerned about inspector safety

The future of Industrial Hemp is up to the farmers, manufacturers and retailers. We need to hold each other accountable, to celebrate those who are playing by the rules and producing superior products with transparency and accountability. Colorado is leading the country in Hemp production and policy now, but it is the strength of our community that will keep us leading the country in the future.

by Hunter Buffington


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Colorado at the 2017 Hemp Industries Conference!

The 24th Annual Hemp Industries Association
I had the great fortune to attend the 24th Annual Hemp Industries Association from September 7th- 11th in Lexington KY. It was an amazing weekend jam packed with meetings, events, awards and industry updates. Industrial Hemp in Colorado and COHIA were well represented with Board members; Tim Gordan, Rick Trojan, David Bush, Margaret Mackenzie. 11 vendors almost one-third were also from Colorado. Here are some highlights.

State of Industrial Hemp
9 State HIA Chapters: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia.
18 states are growing Hemp equaling 19,577 Acres
US Production: 55% CBD, Seed 30%, Fiber 15%

What to watch for in 2018
-USDA, FDA, DEA Statement of Policy for Industrial Hemp
-HIA, Hoban vs DEA oral arguments
– House Bill 3530 – Representative Comer– amends controlled substance act to exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana (needs a Senate Bill)
-Farm bill 2018

Future of the Hemp Industry – Sean Murphy (Hemp Business Journal)
Leap frog other industries to replace market share in the future
– renewable, reusable and adaptive products
Look at the history of other emerging markets and industries
-The Insurance industry (we’re healthier, our buildings are less likely to burn… etc)
Next Steps:
-Small baby steps: design simple products
-Design products that leap frog other technologies
-Predict when the industry will be capable of delivering the product
-Create standards and develop an industry contract
-Collaborate with the hemp industry to avoid bottlenecks
-History – learn about other industries
-Bring the people with you – develop customers and keep the message clear to work together!
-Additional processing opportunities- fiber should be processed within 50 miles of production

Hemp Round table and SRO (Self Regulating Organization)
The HIA has formed a working group to put forth standards and regulations for the Hemp Industry Nationally. The first draft was presented at the conference with plans for a completed framework by 2019. The next step after that is to determine whether the governing body would be a nonprofit organization. An example is the LOHAS Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (regulatory body for health and wellness industry). Watch for opportunities for members to provide feedback on the Standards and Regulations to the HIA round table.
Three segments of Standards
-service providers
Three phases
-basic draft is introduced at the HIA Conference
-third and final draft is planned for August 2019

HIA Awards:
Hemp Event of the Year – NoCo Hemp Expo – Morris Beegle (Colorado Hemp Co)
2017 HIA Leadership Award – Hoban Law Group – Bob Hoban
the Lifetime Achievement Award – Shaun Crew (Fresh Hemp Foods)

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COHIA Hemp Law Symposium on Organic Certification from soil to shelf HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED




We apologize for any inconvenience, but we will be rescheduling the Hemp Law Seminar.

DENVER, Colo., August 15, 2017– Colorado Hemp Industries Association (, a grass roots, trade association for Industrial Hemp, today announced the Hemp Law Symposium on Organic Certification to be held at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law on Friday August 25 from 12:00 PM until 7:00 PM.

Join COHIA to get detailed information and ask questions about Organic Hemp Production from soil to shelf. The Hemp Law Seminar brings a wide range of experts including lawyers, farmers, and manufacturers.  Speakers will be Atty. David Bush and Atty. Garrett Graff, both of Hoban Law Group, Atty. Frank Robison of Vicente Sederberg Law Firm, and Sam Welsch of One Cert talking about the role of the certifying agent.

Two panels will address: Organic Crop Production with Tim Gordon of CBDRx, Brett Eaton of Green Cherry Organics, Sunny Kaercher of Miller Soils and Damian Farris of Colorado Cultivars: and Organic Product Manufacturing with Matt Burkholz of Colorado Hemp Works, Russell Thomas and Dana Shier with Vapor Distilled and Steve St. Claire of Enerhealth Botanicals.

The location is University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2255 East Evans Ave, Room 290, Denver, CO 80210.

Check in with coffee service and Hemp snacks provided by Mystic Mountain Hemp begins  at noon, with speakers and panels from 12:30 – 5:00. The event will conclude with a reception and networking from 5:00 -7:00 PM with complimentary drinks and light appetizers. Our thanks to Brett Eaton and Green Cherry Organics for supporting this event and COHIA.

Media Contact:

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The Colorado Chapter of the Hemp Industries Association supports increasing the THC Threshold to 1% for Industrial Hemp

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 like cannabidiol, 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.

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Science and Hemp


The Industrial Hemp Research Foundation

Conceived in 2014 – after the passage of the Farm Bill signed by President Obama – and incorporated in 2015, the Industrial Hemp Research Foundation (IHRF) works to ensure the re-establishment of Industrial Hemp into the U.S. market and the economy.

The Industrial Hemp Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting industrial hemp research programs at institutions of higher learning and education in Colorado and universities across America.

The IHRF provides financial support for industrial hemp-related research programs at the largest academic institutes in the state of Colorado with plans to expand nationwide in 2017.

Their efforts are aimed at increasing the body of knowledge and raising public awareness of the many known and potential applications of industrial hemp.

And the purpose of all this is to improve living standards, create jobs, safeguard the environment and enhance the quality of life for all people.

The IHRF Team

Thomas “Tom” Dermody, Executive Director

Tom Dermody serves as the Executive Director of the Industrial Hemp Research Foundation. Prior to joining the IHRF, Tom worked for DC-based agricultural non-profits in various development and policy analyst capacities. With a keen interest in normalizing public-private partnerships made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill, Mr. Dermody directs IHRF’s university engagement, project design and fulfillment processes.

David B. Bush, Esq., President, Secretary, Board Member, Co-founder

David practices business law and commercial litigation, with a particular focus on industrial hemp-related agriculture, industry and market success.

Melanie Rodgers, Community Engagement Director

Melanie is a marketing professional with 10+ years of advertising, marketing and communications experience in CPG, healthcare, and the non-profit cannabis sector. Melanie’s focus is on expanding the IHRF’s branding and outreach strategy, marketing communications, advance donor recognition, and the management of special events.

To learn more about the IHRF’s Board of Directors, please visit:

Current Events

On Friday, June 9th, we will be hosting a fun, educational fundraising event to raise public awareness of hemp and its uses. Learn about the latest in hemp research.

Enjoy tapas from Cafe Aion’s world class kitchen, a complimentary drink ticket for beer, wine, sangria, amazing raffle prizes, hemp education, hemp research update, networking and live music from Pistols & Petticoats!

Your ticket also includes entry into a raffle for your chance to win hemptastic giveaways from our local and national Hemp History Week sponsors!

Grateful Hearts Unite for Hemp
Friday, June 9th at 2:30-5pm
Cafe Aion, 1235 Pennsylvania Ave.
Boulder, CO 80302
 just steps away from Folsom Field (0.2 miles!)

Current Projects

A Brave New World: The SOMA Project

Research Lead: Monika Fleshner, Ph.D. – University of Colorado – Boulder, CO

Professor Monika Fleshner proposes to study the effects of administering controlled dosages of CBD to treat symptoms of stress induced in laboratory test animals, and to determine whether CBD can improve the rate of recovery after experiencing stress.

Hemp Value Chain and Innovation Potential

Research Lead: Dr. Gregory Graff, Assoc. Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics – CSU – Ft. Collins, CO

This project seeks to analyze the economic potential of industrial hemp in the United States, taking a value chain perspective of the industry within the global market context. It will proceed in three steps:

  1. Economic Model of the Industrial Hemp Value Chain
  2. Assess Competitiveness and Growth Potential in Key Segments of the Value Chain

How You Can Help

The Foundation relies upon the generous contributions of individuals and businesses throughout Colorado and across the United States to achieve our project support goals.

The Future of Hemp in America

The IHRF researches every funded project to vet each one for research value, academic validity and ultimate benefit to the projected market or use case it is proposed for.

The whole team shares a passion for returning Industrial Hemp as a viable and trade-able commodity in the United States, once again.

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Colorado Hemp Clothing

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