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The seed certification “is vital to the long-term growth of the industry,” said Duane Sinning of the department that oversees the state’s 400 or so hemp growers.

Seed scarcity is cited as a major roadblock to the use of hemp becoming more widespread. Seed prices can start at $25 a pound and go up to more than a dollar for an individual seed.

Hemp production was authorized by Congress in 2014. But farmers who want to grow it must have state certification to raise the crop. The industry estimates that fewer than 7,000 acres of hemp are being grown nationwide this year.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture has been working for years to produce hemp seeds that consistently produce plants low enough in the chemical THC to qualify as hemp and not its intoxicating cousin, marijuana.

DENVER (AP) ” Colorado notched another nationwide first Wednesday involving cannabis when state agriculture officials showed off the first certified domestic hemp seeds.

Legalising marijuana has also opened up a whole new industry for the Canadian economy.

Meanwhile, the illegal price has dropped from C$6.51 to C$5.93.

Legal cannabis is also far more expensive.

Black market still thriving

"I don't think Canadians fully understand the magnitude of this change. We didn't just make something quickly available – it took 25 years of hard work to get legalisation ," he says.

When cannabis became legal on 17 October 2018, there wasn't enough supply to meet the demand.

"I had this epiphany that this is going to be a commodity just like any other commodity," he told the BBC.

This business model has given Mr Rubin an interesting vantage point of how the market has unfolded.

“(But) the price of it is ridiculous,” she said, echoing a complaint shared by nearly two dozen current and former patients who spoke to the Pioneer Press.

The impact of that decision is not lost on former Republican state Sen. Branden Petersen, who co-authored the Senate bill. He voted against the compromise.

THE COSTS START EARLY

Paul Johnson shows a cannabis flower in St. Paul Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. He can't afford the the $1,400 worth of medical cannabis he needed to treat his pain, so he buys marijuana on the street. (Jean Pieri / Pioneer Press)

Patti McArdell plays with her cat, Zelda, in her St. Paul home on Feb. 26, 2019. “I really truly believe it saved my life,” said McArdell. “(But) the price of it is ridiculous.” (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)

Smoking cannabis is part of Paul Johnson's daily routine for pain relief from a genetic nerve disorder where 27 tumors are impinging on his spine. "If it wasn't for this, I'd be dead," he said in St. Paul on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. (Jean Pieri / Pioneer Press)