Colorado has a once in a life time opportunity to have a head start on what is about to be a major global commodity. Marijuana is proving it can be to Colorado what tobacco was for North Carolina. However, the heavily untapped hemp market, if supported, could catapult Colorado to a top 3 economy. Increasing hemp subsidies and empowering Colorado farmer’s to embrace growing hemp could be equivalent to the introduction of cotton to the South for our economy.  Our state government needs to get out of the way of Marijuana and Hemp producers and pave a path forward to beat the nation and the world to capitalizing on these crops to continue Colorado’s economic ascent to a top 5 state for economic opportunity in America.  We need more subsidies to entice farmers to capitalize on hemp’s possibilities and make it easier for our marijuana growers to bank and conduct business.