Big changes are in store for Colorado’s hemp industry. On Nov. 6, 2018, Colorado voters went to the polls and overwhelmingly approved Amendment X, a ballot amendment that removes from the state constitution the definition of industrial hemp. The definition was placed in the state constitution in 2012 when Colorado passed Amendment 64, which legalized recreational cannabis in the state. The newly enacted ballot amendment will enable state legislators to use either the federal government’s definition of industrial hemp or to pass a law and enshrine the definition into state law. Advocates of the measure say that it will allow hemp farmers flexibility should the federal definition for hemp change. Opponents of the measure say that it will cast a pall of uncertainty over the state’s hemp industry.
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