Carolina Sarmento, left, and Franchesca Abeyta organize hemp plants before they are planted in early July in an 11-acre hemp field outside Lafayette. Bob Sievers, a former CU regent and current part-time professor, is growing and studying hemp varieties to better understand their medicinal qualities.

Former CU Regent Bob Sievers studying medicinal uses for hemp

Where alfalfa once grew on a plot in unincorporated Boulder County, fledgling hemp plants are pushing skyward.

On a recent weekday, Bob Sievers settled under a white canopy to shield himself from the sun and watched as workers dug holes by hand to fill long rows with hemp plants. The 83-year-old is a part-time University of Colorado professor, former CU regent and researcher. The¬†university once described him¬†as “the former CU regent who catalyzed the move of the university’s medical campus to the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, … a leading force in transforming the CU-Boulder campus into a hub of environmental research and scholarship, (and) an indefatigable crusader in the effort to eradicate measles worldwide with dry, inhalable vaccines.”

He’s also, now, a registered industrial hemp farmer and is studying its potential medical benefits as a side project. His industrial registration allows him to legally farm hemp for study.

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