Loflin plans to make history, becoming the nation's first
commercial-scale hemp grower in almost 60 years. In a few days, he will
plant his hemp crop on a farm in the far southeastern corner of
Colorado. Loflin and a handful of other growers are set to capitalize on
hemp's new legal status in Colorado.
Plenty of financial,
operational and legal challenges lie ahead. But cultivating the
marijuana look-alike is no novelty pursuit for Loflin, who owns a
company called Colorado Hemp. He sees it as a commodity that one day
could help reverse the sagging fortunes of rural Colorado.
believe this is really going to revitalize and strengthen farm
communities," said Loflin, 40, who grew up on a farm in Springfield but
left after high school for a career in construction.