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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis to Provide State Hemp Update at 8th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo


Colorado Gov. Jared Polis to Provide State Hemp Update at 8th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo

Gov. Jared Polis will Give Keynote Address at NoCo8 March 24. Venue Change to Gaylord Rockies will Improve NNoCo8 Hemp Expo Business Conference and Investment Summit March 24 at Gaylord Rockies includes new pitch slam event and awards banquet. Sponsored by Boulder Creek Technologies, Colorado Extraction Systems and Global Hemp Association.

What: Gov. Jared Polis will give the keynote address at the NoCo Hemp Expo Business Conference and Investment Summit at 1:30pm. 
Where: Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
6700 North Gaylord Rockies Boulevard, Aurora, CO 80019
When: Thursday, March 24
– Governor’s Remarks: 1:30pm
– Business Conference and Investment Summit / B2B Industry Trade Show 10:00am-5:00pm
– WAFBA Awards of Excellence Banquet 7:00pm

Tickets Available HERE
Apply for Press Passes HERE

AURORA, CO (March 8, 2022) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis will deliver an update on the state’s hemp industry at the 8th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo’s Business Conference and Investment Summit on Thursday, March 24, at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Conference Center.

Polis is a longtime supporter of the hemp industry nationwide. In 2015, then-Congressman Jared Polis flew a hemp flag over the U.S. Capitol, to celebrate the passage of the 2014 Farm Bill legalizing industrial hemp. Polis instituted Colorado’s Hemp Week in June ordering a hemp flag to fly over the Colorado Capitol.

“Gov. Polis has been a fierce champion of Colorado’s hemp industry, pushing our state to be a global leader in this emerging new source of jobs, industry and green solutions,” said Elizabeth Knight, co-founder of the NoCo Hemp Expo. “The Governor’s steadfast support in promoting hemp further positions Colorado as a recognized leader in hemp innovation and excellence.”

Sponsors Make NoCo Possible
NoCo Hemp Expo thanks the following top sponsors:

  • Colorado Extraction Systems
  • Boulder Creek Technologies
  • Global Hemp Association

For a complete list of sponsors, click HERE.

“Our sponsors help bring the NoCo magic to Colorado for the 8th year, and we appreciate their support,” said Knight. 

Governor Polis joins the vibrant programming for the Hemp Business Conference and Investment Summit which will celebrate hemp innovation, technology and opportunity in the evolving global and US hemp industry. 

Panels, roundtables and speakers will discuss state and federal regulatory and legislative updates, investment opportunities and risks, banking, insurance, accounting, raising capital, global growth projections and more. A networking lunch is included.

Programming also includes hemp industry leaders and C-level executives in wellness and pharmaceuticals, genetics, paper, building materials, grain and protein, spirits, fiber processing, extraction, bioplastics, biochar and more. 

Other hemp industry leaders appearing at the event will include:

  • Winona LaDuke, Winona’s Hemp
  • Geoff Whaling, rePlant Hemp Advisors LLC
  • Marci Zaroff, Eco Fashion Corp.
  • Chad Rosen, Victory Hemp Foods
  • Beau Whitney, Whitney Economics
  • Mina Mishrikey, Merida Capital Partners LLC

Find more information on speakers HERE.

Programming also includes panel discussions on diversifying hemp and creating hemp entrepreneurial opportunities for all.

NoCo Hemp Pitch – Sponsored by Michael Best
New this year is the NoCo Hemp Pitch, sponsored by Michael Best, which will open up the stage to six companies looking to elevate their business and get the exposure and resources needed to take their brand or idea to the next level. Finalists will pitch in front of a live audience and be judged by highly regarded consultants, attorneys and investors. The winner will receive initial legal services valued at $2,000 and other prizes.

WAFBA Awards of Excellence Banquet – Presented by Global Hemp Association 
Also new this year is the WAFBA Awards of Excellence Banquet presented by the Global Hemp Association taking place in the Gaylord Rockies Juniper Ballroom. The banquet honors six industry leaders in categories including The Legacy Award; The Elevation Award – (Advancing the Industry Through Impeccable Leadership); Community Economic Impact; Mother Earth Award (Lady of Agriculture) and Best New Tech Award for Tech Innovation.

State of the Art Event Space and Accommodations
The two-day NoCo Hemp Expo at the Gaylord Rockies will feature 150+ exhibitors, and more than 100 speakers at the Business Conference and Investment Summit on Thursday, March 24 and Farm Symposium and Ag Tech Forum on Friday, March 25.

Friday, March 25: NoCo Farm Symposium & Ag Tech Forum 10:00am-5:00pm 
The NoCo Hemp Expo’s Farm Symposium and Ag Tech Forum presents what’s next for hemp farmers and is dedicated to helping educate producers about the agribusiness of hemp, along with the latest innovations that are helping to advance hemp and cannabis-related agriculture.

Expo Hall, B2B Thursday, Mar. 24; Open to Public Friday, Mar. 25, 10:00am-5:00pm
NoCo Hemp Expo’s Exhibition Hall will feature more than 150 booths in the Gaylord Rockies expansive exhibition space. Visitors will meet hemp entrepreneurs and leaders in the industry and learn about the latest innovations, technologies, product development, market trends and more from exhibitors and brands from across the country.

Tickets and Information
For more information on the NoCo Hemp Expo exhibit halls, educational stages, trade show, WAFBA Awards of Excellence Banquet, NoCo Hemp Pitch and tickets, visit

Press Passes
Members of the press interested in covering the NoCo Hemp Expo are encouraged to register in advance of the show for consideration. For press passes, please visit

About WAFBA and Colorado Hemp Company
We Are For Better Alternatives (WAFBA) is committed to researching and developing better alternatives so that hemp can once again thrive, prosper, and help individuals and communities throughout America and around the globe. The Colorado Hemp Company, the producer of the 8th Annual NoCo Hemp Expo (NoCo8), is a leading organization for the advancement and advocacy of hemp farming, processing, production, innovation, education, and legalization in the USA. The entire team is committed to researching and developing alternatives so that hemp can once again thrive and help individuals and communities throughout America and around the globe.

Steven Hoffman, Compass Natural, 303.807.1042,
Morris Beegle, Colorado Hemp Company, 970.541.0448,

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