Cabarrus County should follow Colorado’s example and get ahead of the economic curve by reintroducing hemp to our local farms and fields. We can continue to be pulled into the 21st Century or “grease the skids” and take a responsible and vibrant role in shaping the future.
An article on the Foundation for Economic Education website explains the facts behind Colorado’s success story. Michael Maharrey writes…
“A number of states have legalized hemp, but none have been as successful as Colorado. And there is one thing that sets this state apart from most of the others: an almost total disregard of federal law. While most hemp states have tried to operate their programs within federal parameters, Colorado has not. It simply set up its own commercial licensing system and let farmers go to work.
According to a Marijuana Business Daily story cited by the Daily Planet, Colorado has, “more acres in hemp, more farmers growing the crop, more processors extracting CBD from hemp and more market opportunities for selling the plant than any other state.”
In fact, last year, Colorado accounted for more than half of the country’s hemp production. The Daily Planet pinpoints one of the main reasons why. Continue reading