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Colorado is considering changes to its State Hemp Management Plan.

USDA asks Colorado to revise hemp plan

Colorado is being asked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make changes to its State Hemp Management Plan, submitted in June. 

The Colorado Department of Agriculture, which didn’t release the list of requested changes, is considering USDA feedback and plans to make adjustments while still prioritizing the needs of the state’s industrial hemp industry, the agency said in an Aug. 18 press release. 

“As we have done from day one, CDA is working through the state plan submission and approval process in a careful and comprehensive manner to best serve the needs of Colorado,” Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg said in the release. “Given the many changes at the federal level, we are working hard to create a stable and sound regulatory environment so that Colorado’s hemp industry can continue to lead the nation.”

The state developed its plan with feedback from hemp industry affiliates in Colorado, including farmers, processors and product manufacturers as well as state and local government agencies, health care professionals, financial service providers and academic institutions, in addition to the Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute tribes. 

CDC calls for more research on pot and workplace safety 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say it’s time for more research on the impacts of cannabis on the workplace. 

“The implications and challenges of increasing cannabis consumption by workers requires urgent and critical research attention,” the agency said in an Aug. 20 blog post. 

Legalization of recreational cannabis in 11 U.S. states and increased consumption have led to greater concerns for workplace safety, the CDC said.

“As the legal and cultural landscapes of cannabis access and consumption continue to evolve, implications for workplace policies, programs, and practices become more salient,” the blog said.

The agency listed certain topics it believes the research should focus on, including:

  1. Jobs where cannabis consumption is most prevalent
  2. Health effects of cannabis consumption
  3. Cannabis usage and work injuries
  4. Hazards to workers in the cannabis industry
  5. Cannabis’ effect on occupational driving
  6. How cannabis usage affects workers’ performance 
  7. Workplace-supported recovery programs 
  8. Creating cannabis-related workplace policies

If your workplace has cannabis policies or procedures already in place, the CDC asks that you share them in the comment section of the blog available here

 

Non-shocker poll finds esports fans use more pot

A recently published poll revealed the obvious, finding that fans of video game sports competitions, or esports, partake in cannabis more than other sports fans. 

Data tech company Morning Consult conducted a poll in August that surveyed between 252 and 1,269 self-identified fans of each of 14 sports. 

The findings published Aug. 21 identified esports and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fans as the most likely to light up a doobie, with baseball, golf and football fans as the least likely. 

Additionally, the survey asked sports fans how they felt about CBD sellers using sports as a marketing platform, which 48 percent said is inappropriate.

Golf fans were also among the least likely groups to use CBD products, according to the survey; however, the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour is only one of two major sports leagues that permits CBD sponsorships, while no league allows marijuana marketing. 

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Jessica Kuhn is an Army veteran and award-winning journalist. She works as a digital ninja for Colorado Publishing House, including managing its websites and social media channels. The native Texan moved to Colorado in 2017 and joined the company in 2018.