The 2nd annual Northern Colorado Hemp Expo may be the largest hemp-direct trade show held so far in the U.S.
Over 800 interested attendees—mostly with an agricultural growing interest were in Longmont, Colo for the one day show April 4.
“We definitely have kicked off the farmer interest” said Zev Paiss of the Rocky Mountain Hemp Association.
The show hosted more than 30 speakers on political, CBD, new consumer and industrial applications for the plant – a cousin of the marijuana sativa plant but with no psychoactive properties. Among the speakers was U.S. Rep. Jared Polis who saw the strong start of the new Colorado industry as a win for consumers and new jobs.
Other than Kentucky, where there is a major push for hemp development, the Colorado contingent is strongly committed to making 2015 a record year for hemp production — especially for the production of the highly sought organically-grown CBD oil. CW Botanicals and Stanley Foundation member Jesse Stanley told an audience his company has expanded to bring CBD to California, new families in Colorado and is working to start production in Uruguay and Kentucky. Of 60-plus exhibitors, hemp foods, cosmetics and consumer products were still the largest group of hemp-based products on display.
West420 photos by Cassie Robinson