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Colorado Agriculture Officials This Week Briefed Officials From About A Dozen States Some That Have Legalized Weed, Others That Joked Their States Will Legalize Pot When Hell Freezes Over To Go Over The Basics Of Marijuana Farming And Swap Stories About Regulating A Crop That The Federal Government Still Considers Illegal.

Tim Cullen February 03, 2017 04:31 AM DENVER (AP) North Carolina wants to know if marijuana could one day replace tobacco as a cash crop. Louisiana is wondering how pot holds up in high humidity. And Washington state has questions about water supplies for weed. Colorado agriculture officials this week briefed officials from about medical marijuana a dozen states some that have legalized weed, others that joked their states will legalize pot “when hell freezes over” to go over the basics of marijuana farming and swap stories about regulating a crop that the federal government still considers illegal. There’s no shortage of how-to books catering to pot growers both in and out of the black market, but Colorado’s forthcoming guidebook aims to apply established agronomy practices to the production of marijuana. “When you start with no knowledge at all, it’s rough,” said Mitch Yergert, head of Colorado’s Division of Plant Industry, an agency within the Agriculture Department that regulates marijuana production. Yergert conceded that Colorado agriculture officials ignored marijuana entirely for more than a dozen years, from the time voters in the state approved medical pot in 2000 until recreational pot shops started opening in 2014. “Nobody in our agency ever grew marijuana, so how are we supposed to develop best practices?” Yergert said. But marijuana’s commercial popularity, coupled with increasing concern over pesticides and unsafe growing conditions, forced the Agriculture Department to stop considering marijuana a running joke and start seeing it as a commercial crop in need of regulation. Colorado sold about a billion dollars’ worth of marijuana last year, making it a cash crop, the same as many others. Now the state agriculture department is sharing what it has learned about weed with other agriculture departments.

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