Hemp Is Next: Colorado Wants More Than Marijuana Prominence

Already known as one of the country’s marijuana capitals, Denver is a heavyweight in the hemp industry, too, and that status is on full display at the NoCo Hemp Expo this weekend.

After five years in Loveland, the NoCo Hemp Expo moved to Denver in 2019. The Crowne Plaza DIA‘s parking lot was packed and its event center bustling on Friday, March 29 — and that was just the industry-only day. The conference is open to the general public today, March 30, with over 220 hemp and CBD vendors peddling everything from hemp clothing and shoes to CBD extraction technology. Continue reading “Hemp Is Next: Colorado Wants More Than Marijuana Prominence”

Going into its fourth harvest, industrial hemp industry still facing growing pains

The first hint that Damian Farris isn’t your typical farmer is the nickname of his mud-splattered white pickup truck: “Smoked Tofu.”

Four years ago he was a hippie with no farming experience and a passion for weed. Now he’s the co-founder of Colorado Cultivars, the self-proclaimed country’s largest hemp farm, just east of Eaton. The marijuana dispensary owner turned industrial hemp grower navigates the farm’s sprawling fields like an old pro. Continue reading “Going into its fourth harvest, industrial hemp industry still facing growing pains”