May 27th, 2015 - 7:28 PM § in Ag Hemp, Agricultural Hemp Initiative, Farmers

Exciting Steps Forward

From 2009 to now this website has served as a diary and chronicle of the Colorado process of moving hemp from illegal status to, in 2013, the first U.S. hemp harvest in over 50 years. It is my hope that it will continue to be a tool and resource for those states which are going through that process now. There is a wealth of information here. Early on much time is spent educating citizens and legislators about the difference between hemp and marijuana, from conversations that start with “Heh, heh, can I smoke my drapes?” but, with time, evolving into grown-up conversations and greater understanding of this miracle of a plant and its enormous benefits to the environment, agriculture, and the economy. Colorado is now the epicenter of hemp and the excitement of seeing a legitimate hemp industry coalesce is beyond gratifying. We want this for the world! I will keep this site for the purpose of helping those who are coming up behind us, but I have ceased posting here as we move to the future. If you’re interested in knowing where we are today, please visit and to take a look at that future.


Lynda Parker


Denver, Colorado

February 18th, 2014 - 8:18 PM § in Ag Hemp

Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines

Doug Fine, author of Too High to Fail, has released his book about the inevitable hemp industry. Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution is a thorough and fun read and can be purchased at, Amazon, and the Denver’s famous Tattered Cover B[...]

January 29th, 2014 - 10:22 AM § in Ag Hemp, CSU, Farmers, Hemp History

Another Step in Legitimizing Hemp

Hemp growing going legit after decades-long ban By KRISTEN WYATT DENVER (AP) — The federal government is ready to let farmers grow cannabis — at least the kind that can’t get people high. Hemp — marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin that’s used to make everything from clothing [...]

December 11th, 2013 - 1:07 PM § in Ag Hemp, Agricultural Hemp Initiative, Colorado State Legislature, CSU

Mission Accomplished

It was seven years from start to finish: that is from not-a-glimmer-of-hope in 2006 to the first modern-day harvest in the U.S. in 2013. The early years were spent thinking of things to do to get the ball rolling.  Every morning I would ask myself “What can I do today to further the cause?[...]

November 7th, 2013 - 2:29 PM § in Ag Hemp

Colorado Rule-Making Completed

By Steve Raabe The Denver Post   Ryan Loflin, of Colorado Hemp, handles a batch of a particular kind of hemp seeds that produce vast amounts of hemp oil. (AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post) Colorado officials unveiled regulations Wednesday for legal hemp growing, setting the stage for a new agri[...]

October 9th, 2013 - 1:24 PM § in Ag Hemp

First hemp harvest in more than fifty years begins in southeastern Colorado

  By Melanie Asmar Tue., Oct. 1 2013 at 4:20 PM   Ryan Loflin. America’s first (known) hemp harvest in more than fifty years began this month in southeastern Colorado. This past spring, following last year’s passage of Amendment 64, which legalized small amounts of marijuana for ad[...]

August 8th, 2013 - 11:42 AM § in Ag Hemp

Hemp Flag Flies on Colorado Day

  The Colorado-made hemp flag that flew over the Capitol in Washington on the Fourth of July has made its way back to the Centennial State. And today — which is known as Colorado Day, in commemoration of the day on which the state officially joined the union in 1876 — the hemp flag flew a[...]