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s_agr_2018a_2018-03-22t13:30:10z3 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB18-205

SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES, & ENERGY
Date Mar 22, 2018      
Location SCR 357



SB18-205 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:29:50 PM  
Senator Marble and Senator Coram, co-prime
sponsors, discussed the provisions of Senate Bill 18-205 concerning industrial
hemp designation as an agricultural product.  This bill adds unprocessed
industrial hemp seeds to the definition of a commodity, and industrial
hemp to the definition of farm products.  A commodity handler for
unprocessed industrial hemp seeds will be subject to licensing under the
Commodity Handler Act.  A person acting as a dealer, small-volume
dealer, or agent for industrial hemp stocks, leaves, clones, and flowers
will be subject to licensing under the Farm Products Act.  Under current
law, industrial hemp registration fees are based on the size and use of
the land area on which the industrial hemp operations are conducted.  This
bill authorizes the Commissioner of Agriculture to set fees sufficient
to cover the direct and indirect costs of the Industrial Hemp Program.
02:32:10 PM  
Tim Gordon, Colorado Hemp Industry Association, spoke in support of the bill and distributed a letter of support for the bill [Attachment D]..
02:34:31 PM  
Damion Farris, Colorado Cultivars, spoke
in support of the bill.
02:36:05 PM  
Hunter Buffingtons, Colorado Hemp Industries
Association, spoke in support of the bill and distributed his testimony
to the committee [Attachment E].
02:38:12 PM  
Duane Sinning, Seed Cooridinator of the
Hemp Program, Colorado Department of Agriculture, spoke in support of the
bill.
02:39:06 PM  
Hollis Glenn, Director, Inspection &
Consumer Services Division, Colorado Department of Agriculture, spoke in
support of the bill.


02:43:43 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-205 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Marble
Seconded
Cooke Yes
Coram Yes
Donovan Excused
Fenberg Excused
Fields Yes
Garcia Yes
Kerr Yes
Marble Yes
Scott Yes
Baumgardner Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS