Hemp Study for Animal Feed Heads to Colorado Governor

March 10, 2017 03:58 PM

Colorado livestock could be eating hemp under a bill that awaits the governor's signature.

The state House voted 63-0 Friday to direct the Colorado Department of Agriculture to study the feasibility of allowing farmers to use hemp in animal feed. Currently the practice is forbidden.

Hemp is a non-intoxicating cousin of marijuana. The federal government started allowing farmers to grow hemp under limited circumstances in 2014.

The Washington state Legislature passed a similar bill in 2015.

However, agriculture authorities in that state concluded that hemp is not yet safe to use in poultry feed, saying there isn't sufficient research on whether marijuana's intoxicant, THC, could pass to the birds.

Colorado has about 300 hemp growers.

The hemp measure has already passed the Senate.

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Spell Check

Los Angeles, CA
9/12/2017 01:08 PM

  Hemp naturally contains many life enhancing nutrients, proteins and amino acids. It certainly can't be any worse than all the antibiotics and hormones routinely administered to factory farm animals. Not to mention that the human body naturally produces endocannabinoids which are responsible for healthy function of the brain and bodily organs! Hemp as feed would be a vast improvement and an invaluable agricultural advancement.


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