Hoban Law Group represents many of the nation’s largest hemp producers, suppliers, and product manufacturers. While the laws vary across the country, Amendment 64 to the Colorado Constitution directed the General Assembly to enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp. Legislation adopted in 2013 delegated the responsibility for establishing registration and inspection regulations to the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The new regulations, published as 8 CCR 1203-23, sets forth the requirements of registration and inspection. These rules were adopted and effective in 2014.
Industrial Hemp is defined as a plant of the genus Cannabis and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, containing a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of no more than three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) on a dry weight basis. In Colorado, two types of registration will be allowed: Research and Development (R & D) and Commercial.