Definition of industrial hemp to be removed from state constitution
Colorado’s voters spoke Tuesday regarding the state’s official definition of industrial hemp, voting in support of a proposed state constitutional amendment on the issue.
Statewide and locally in Garfield County, 61 percent of voters were in favor of Amendment X and 39 percent were against the measure.
Amendment X asked citizens whether or not the state should remove the definition of industrial hemp from the state constitution and instead use the definition of industrial hemp found in state and federal statutes.
The basis of the ballot measure comes from Colorado’s Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana in the state when the voters approved it in 2012. Amendment 64 created a constitutional definition for “industrial hemp.”
Amendment X proposed to delete that definition from the state constitution and instead define industrial hemp with the definition used in federal law or state statutes. Current federal law classifies all varieties of cannabis, including industrial hemp, as controlled substances.
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