LONGMONT, COLORADO— Colorado’s hemp farmers are growing excited at the possibility their crop will once again become legal under federal law, as the U.S. Senate passed a farm bill that includes legalizing hemp.

“It’s super big,” said Dani Billings, who owns LoCo farms in Longmont Colorado. “We have people who understand agriculture, that understand this is for farming and it’s not to get people high.”

Congress doesn’t seem likely to legalize marijuana anytime soon, but hemp— a non-intoxicating version of the same species of plants– would be removed from the list of federal controlled substances.

Hemp (sometimes referred to as “industrial hemp” in legal speak) is any strain of cannabis that contains less than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive drug found in marijuana. You can think of it as the cannabis equivalent of non-alcoholic beer.

Colorado’s hemp farmers are growing excited at the possibility their crop will once again become legal under federal law as the US Senate passed a farm bill that includes legalizing hemp.

In Colorado, it’s mainly grown for food in the form of hemp seed and oil. It’s also grown commonly here for CBD, a natural compound in cannabis that doesn’t get you high but does have medical uses for things like seizures.

Historically, farmers grew hemp for the fibers in its stalk, which can be used for making rope and paper. The federal government even promoted the crop to farmers as part of the war effort in the 1940s, and the USDA cut a propaganda film called “Hemp for Victory,” complete with instructions for “patriotic farmers” to plant and harvest hemp.

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Hemp farmers in Colorado hope to see processing facilities spring up to revive this kind of use of their crops.

But the federal government’s stance on hemp

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