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Pass the hemp: Colorado prepares to regulate the plant like any other food ingredient

Alicia Wallace
The Denver Post
photo- Strava Craft Coffee adding hemp oil

Andrew Aamot, president and co-founder of Strava Craft Coffee adding the hemp oil preparation to that will make a blend of CBD-rich hemp oil-infused coffee. April 24, 2018.

With the stroke of a pen, hemp could be treated like any other food ingredient under Colorado law.

A bill is on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper's desk to apply existing food manufacturing guidelines to products such as hemp oil-infused coffee and CBD-rich extracts made from the non-psychoactive cannabis plant variety.

At its simplest form, House Bill 1295 — which unanimously passed the Colorado Senate on Wednesday — merely codifies a state policy and program in place since July. In a broader context, Colorado's buttoning up of regulations is a novel move to protect the state's emerging industrial hemp industry as the plant's legality is debated federally.

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