Hemp a highlight of Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado economic development summit

CRAIG — From hemp to coding schools, a diverse lineup of presentations at Friday’s economic summit emphasized regional collaboration and innovation, including a presentation by the so-called Mister Hemp.

Mister Hemp, also known as Jason Lauve, has spent years researching hemp and its industrial applications as the founder and executive director of Hemp Cleans, a nonprofit founded in 2012 to work for the regulation and cultivation of industrial hemp.

“I love this plant,” Lauve told a rapt audience, before providing detailed information about what makes hemp different from marijuana and the innovative applications of hemp in a diversity of industries, from aerospace engineering to textile manufacturing.

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