In the USA, Colorado is a synonym of pioneering, when it comes to legal cannabis Given how much of the economy in Colorado relies on cannabis and hemp, one would have expected that, at some point, a celebration of the plant would have been made official in the State. And indeed it happened: on the 14thof June, Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued the official announcement. “Colorado Hemp Week” will take place every year, from June 6th to June 13th (get ready for 2021, guys!). According to the gubernatorial documents, Colorado is currently the leader in the USA for “industrial hemp production acreage.”
The Governor’s order notes how Colorado has always acknowledged and appreciated the economic value that hemp production implies for the “agricultural sector as a food, fiber, and cannabinoid producer and the increasing consumer demand for hemp products in Colorado”. The State has been “a national leader” in crafting innovative public policies in favor of industrial hemp production, to defend both producers and users and to treat hemp as “an important agricultural product and not a controlled substance.” The bill goes on to underline how hemp now consists in “a necessary agricultural commodity to promote conservations”, and that all the products that result from this crop represent a sustainable market alternative both for consumers and entrepreneurs.
Under the most recent national Farm Bill, which made hemp federally legal, it would have now been possible to create an official celebration. Such an event will surely “help make Colorado the national leader in industrial hemp production.”. These were the words of Gov. Polis during the first State of the State address that took place in 2019, who also declared that he did not want to lose on the opportunity of having an official celebration of hemp and cannabis.