As Florida expands it's hemp industry, it can look to Colorado to see what the future of hemp may look like. One essential tool that Colorado used to grow their hemp industry was the passage of Amendment 64. We recently sat down with Kirk Goble to discuss the importance of Amendment 64. Kirk is a hemp industry expert and land broker in Colorado, and was one of our featured speakers at the 2020 Lay of the Land Conference.
"In 2012," Goble stated "the citizens of Colorado passed an Amendment to our state constitution known as Amendment 64. We were the first jurisdiction in the entire world to pass what we did. We concentrated on trying to regulate cannabis like alcohol. We concentrated on trying to regulate cannabis like alcohol. It is not a benign plant, it is medically active so we are going to have some structure and regulation. It's not gonna be like corn or wheat."
Goble began by laying out the regulations put in place by the Amendment. "We first and foremost established that you must be 21. The idea was to keep this out of the hands of our kids. This was a large concern."
"Secondly any individual over 21 can grow up to six plants and possess the cannabis that comes from those plants.A Anyone can transport 1 ounce, as long as it's in a sealed container. Anyone can give another citizen up to one ounce, but they cannot sell it. Anytime you get into the retail sector, then it's very very highly regulated."
Goble went on to discuss the extensive tracking procedures for marijuana plants to ensure that they are being legally and properly grown.
"In Colorado, we track every single plant with a radio frequency ID tag. So they are literally tracked from seed to sale to make sure that we ensure regulation and quality, and to keep an eye on the black market."
Speaking about how Colorado built a sustainable hemp industry, Goble said "we set up a structure whereby we have secure, safe, adult-only retail outlets so that we don't have illegal drug deals."
Florida has recently put similar regulations in place to ensure that hemp retailers follow safe standards. This is an important step in establishing an industry as it boosts confidence in the quality of the products being sold.
"You can go into a clean, safe, protective environment to get a regulated plant that has been tested for quality as opposed to meeting your cousin Kenny's buddy at the dumpster to try and buy a bag of weed. That guy will never check an ID, he has no indication of quality or contamination, and he's probably got something else that he wants to sell to you or your kid. so putting it into a regulated environment has gone a long ways toward a proper structure."
Goble then laid out the rights of landowners and landlords to regulate or prohibit use or growing on their own properties. He also discussed the ability of local municipalities and counties to restrict growth and commercial sales in their communities.
Goble then went into detail about the Marijuana tax structure program that allowed Colorado to "put money back into our schools and properly educate our youth in regards to drug use."
To hear more of what Kirk had to say, check out the video below. For more information on the development of Florida's hemp industry, click here.