Legislation introduced by Rep. Kay Alexander (R-Montrose) to permit Colorado State University to cultivate test plots of industrial hemp for research purposes was struck down today by the House Appropriations Committee by a vote of 6-4. The bill had previously passed the House Agriculture Committee and proponents had not expected to face significant opposition in Appropriations. The vote was a major setback for local hemp advocates who have lobbied on behalf of the measure for the past three years.
Similar industrial hemp legislation is still pending in at least seven states.
For more information, please contact NORML Kriho of the Colorado Hemp Initiative Project at (303) 784-5632 or via e-mail at: email@example.com. For information on pending hemp legislation in other states, please contact Paul Armentano of NORML at (202) 483-5500 or visit NORML’s website at: http://www.norml.org/.