In a milestone that signifies growth for its hemp market; Colorado becomes the first state in the nation to make certified seeds for industrial hemp. As per federal law, a pot plant must contain 0.3 percent or less Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), to be classified as hemp. THC is the determining factor that classifies a pot plant as hemp or marijuana. Textiles, paper, plastics, solar panels and biofuel can be made from hemp. Hemp seeds can be utilized to process a wide variety of food products such as: bread and milk. It can also be used as livestock feed.

Marijuana derived CBD is only legal in states which have legalized medical marijuana; however, hemp derived CBD is legal in all 50 states. According to CBD advocates, CBD oil is safe for children and has been praised as a treatment for a variety of diseases and disorders. As per Duane Sinning, assistant director for plant industry at the Colorado Department of Agriculture; approximately 30 states allow some type of hemp production, but none of them have certified seed. Certification signifies the seed was tested in all growing conditions possible statewide and the plants met the 0.3 percent or less THC maximum.

Approximately 260 growers in Colorado are cultivating hemp in 400 locations per Sinning. During the first year there was 200 acres planted with another 250,000 square feet of indoor hemp growing. In 2016 there is currently 6,000 acres planted as well as 1.3 million square feet of indoor cultivation. As per Sinning, it is important to have certified seed because if you buy uncertified seed you do not know until after it grows, whether or not it will pass that crucial 0.3 percent test. If you exceed 0.3 percent; it is no longer considered hemp, under federal law it is marijuana.

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