With new laws in Colorado allowing the production of industrial hemp for oils, fiber, and fuel, many farmers are considering adding this controversial crop onto their lands. In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Lu Nettleton, a representative with the Colorado Plateau Growers Association, about the legal challenges and potential benefits of growing hemp in southwest Colorado.
Education funding in Colorado remains below the national average, and local school districts continue to struggle with state funding mandates that pull money away from education budgets. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with citizen activist Jim Law about what is happening with Amendment 23, a poorly understood law that recently caused local school districts to return money from their budgets to the state.
Recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado, but law enforcement agencies are wrestling with just what is and isn't legal under new cannabis laws. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell about how his agency is handling marijuana use and possession, and why the legal situation around marijuana in Colorado remains unclear.