Hemp Alley at the 2015 Dandelion Days

Spring is in the air, and along with it comes the flurry of Dandelion seeds and other native plant pollen.

Although many homeowners dread the day that "dent de lion" or "teeth of lion" nestle their way into our lawns, Dandelions have been used historically as a nutritional supplement for liver detoxification and various herbal remedies.
Although many homeowners dread the day that “dent de lion” or “teeth of lion” nestle their way into our lawns, Dandelions have been used historically as a nutritional supplement for liver detoxification and various herbal remedies.

Much like hemp, these abundant plants can also provide a high amount of toxic relief to soils.

Federally classified as ‘weeds’, or “plants whose benefits have been undocumented”, the qualities of each are characterized more so today by their tenacity to grow and flourish against all odds. *

Given the recent legalization of hemp cultivation in Colorado, and with the passing of Senate Bill 196, farmers statewide are diving into the opportunities taking place in the agricultural sector and engaging in sustainable growing methods statewide. As Colorado’s third growing season commences, many are discovering more and more about the diverse properties of this age-old plant.

But given Colorado’s booming marijuana industry, many are already witness the benefits,and are concerned about the prospects of cross-pollination in plant breeding. Pueblo’s commissioners have established zoning laws in the county to address these issues to determine areas where the crop can be grown.

According to Sue Gray at Colorado Hemp Education Association, a non-profit hemp alliance, cultivation on the Western Slope still lies in our willingness to come together and inform others on its many possibilities.

“We have to reach out and educate, so that people know why it must happen in Colorado and across the US, write letters to our representatives and spread the word.”

Today, CHEA is bringing this age-old plant to the heart of the Rockies at the 2015 Dandelion Days festival this weekend May 8th-10th in Carbondale, CO with the addition of Hemp Alley. The organization will be host to the educational market space featuring products, tutorials, and other interactive tools, informing festival goers on the benefits and sustainable properties of hemp.

The festival began “after a group of concerned citizens successfully lobbied to end the spraying of herbicide on its parks and playgrounds.”

The town has since elected to adopt the dandelion as its official town flower.

So what can these plants tell us in years to pass of our own undocumented virtues?

There are currently no zoning laws enacted on the Western Slope, but Gray and Chenoweth are consulting with local police to disclose zone locations.

“Federal and state legislation reform is essential to breed a way for farmers on Western Slope to sell their hemp.” -Sue Gray

“We should be allowed to bring in hemp to U.S market,” and here are the community leaders who are making it happen today. Come out this weekend to learn more about what you can do to bring hemp to your community!

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