Cannabis 101: Colorado agriculture agency shares pot know-how

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Colorado cannabis farm. Photo courtesy Colorado Department of Agriculture.

DENVER (AP) — Want to know how to grow cannabis safely? Soon you’ll be able to ask the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

The agency is moving past years of skepticism on regulating marijuana. Agriculture officials are telling other states what they’ve learned about regulating a plant that is illegal under federal law. The department has begun adding relevant information about commercial marijuana cultivation on its web page.

The department is also working on the world’s first government-produced guidelines on how to grow weed.

Pot’s commercial popularity has forced state agriculture officials to stop considering marijuana a running joke and start thinking of it as a commercial crop in need of regulation.

Colorado sold about a billion dollars’ worth of marijuana last year, making it a cash crop, the same as many others.