Colorado is one of the states that has embraced cannabis the most. It’s one of the easiest states to get a license to grow hemp, and now it’s even easier. November 21, the Colorado Department of Agriculture announced that you can officially apply online to farm industrial hemp.
The state is looking to attract new farmers through their new Hemp Online Portal, according to CDA hemp program manager Brian Koontz. The green state is looking to stay ahead of other states like Oregon and Montana who are looking to overtake Colorado as the top hemp producing state in the country.
“Colorado leads the nation in registered land area for industrial hemp cultivation,” Koontz said to the press. “Our plants team has worked tirelessly for many months to keep pace with unprecedented demand and serve stakeholders across the state. This new registration process will help us continue to stand as a leader in the industry.”
After Colorado was the first to embrace recreational marijuana, endorsing hemp was an easy sell. Over the past five years, the state has been spreading the crop throughout the state. Governor Jared Polis and the CDA are both pushing for the legislature that makes it cheaper for hemp companies to get started or move to Colorado.
Since 2014, the CDA has processed 2,634 applications to grow hemp. This year alone, 89,743 acres and 15.4 million square feet of indoor growing space were licensed. Farmers in the state harvested a total of 51,227 acres this year.
Previously, applying for a hemp license involved mailing in your application. Taking it online puts it closer to other CDA applications that are already submitted online, like seed producers and nursery owners.