Hemp has its week
This issue of the Independent finds us smack in the middle of Hemp History Week (hemphistoryweek.com), a nationwide campaign organized by the Hemp Industries Association and Vote Hemp, which runs through Sunday, June 7. This sixth installment includes over 1,400 events "all aimed to catalyze movement on the issue of lifting the federal ban on industrial hemp farming in the U.S.," says a press release.
A May 11 story from KUNC radio in Greeley reports some small progress on that front, saying that the Colorado Department of Agriculture was finally successful in receiving a permit from the federal government to import hemp seeds, "essential to kick-start[ing] Colorado's hemp industry, which state agriculture officials say has seen a bottleneck in research and cultivation due to a lack of viable seed stocks."
"There's plenty of seed out there," the station quotes Mitch Yergert, director of the Colorado Division of Plant Industry, as saying. "The difficulty is with the [Drug Enforcement Administration], getting a registration and then getting an import permit and making sure all that lines up to be able to import the product."
Anyway, there are a variety of opportunities for participation in the week itself.
• Throughout the week, the Hemp Store (2 Ruxton Ave., toddshempstore) in Manitou Springs is offering cooking demos and food samples, hemp films, and hemp arts and crafts from over 50 local artists, according to store reps.
• On Saturday, the documentary Bringing It Home will show at the Rawlings Public Library (100 E. Abriendo Ave., Pueblo) at 11 a.m., followed by a 1 p.m. discussion (and some Colorado Hemp Coffee) at the Daily Grind Cafe (209 S. Union Ave., Pueblo).
• And then there's the inaugural Colorado Hemp Farmers Market in Denver. Taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 6565 E. Evans Ave., the event "will showcase food, body care products, apparel, hats, paper, artwork, CBD oils and creams, legal and real estate services, and much more," according to a release. The "more" includes vinyasa yoga.
Another try for PTSD
The Colorado Board of Health recently sent notification that it will hold a public rule-making hearing at 10 a.m., July 15, in Building A at 4300 Cherry Creek Drive in Denver.
The biggest change being considered is, yet again, the possible addition of post-traumatic stress disorder as a condition considered treatable with medical marijuana, which would allow doctors to recommend the plant's use for its treatment. Other topics include removing a notary requirement and some technical clarifications. The agenda and proposed amendments will be released a week before the meeting and available at 1.usa.gov/1AGHqCI.