Colorado’s amber waves of grain may soon make way for seas of green under new regulations released this week clearing the way for farmers to plant hemp next year

Hemp is marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin that was legalized along with recreational pot by Colorado voters last November, though both remain illegal under federal law.

While the state’s burgeoning recreational pot industry has generated headlines from coast to coast, the less sexy hemp industry could prove to be far more profitable.

Hemp is used in numerous products from fabric to food, but because the plant and its seeds are illegal under the same federal law that prohibits marijuana, the raw material must be imported, usually from China and Canada.