Colorado agriculture officials are taking steps to make industrial hemp -- marijuana’s agrarian cousin -- more mainstream. They’ve certified three hemp seed varieties, becoming the first state in the country to do so.
A seed certification is akin to a stamp of approval, letting farmers know the plant performs well in Colorado’s soil and climate.
The certification also ensures that farmers won’t break federal law by cultivating plants above the legal threshold for THC, the psychoactive compound found in cannabis. Hemp that tests above a concentration of 0.3 percent THC must be destroyed, according to state rules. That threshold was set in the 2014 Farm Bill.