HEMP IN HISTORY
"[Hemp] is the single living organism that holds the greatest promise for renewable/sustainable food, fuel, clothing and shelter accessible to the widest possible range of people...Hemp is the most versatile and adaptable crop plant on earth." [Source: hemphasis.net]
"The Magic Weed: History of Marijuana Plant"
"Hemp For Victory "
"Emperor of Hemp"
"The Union - The Business Behind Getting High"
WHAT IS HEMP?
Hemp is a variety of cannabis that is grown for the fiber and seeds. The fiber and seeds are incredible valuable and is why hemp is often called a “cash crop”. Hemp is a very hearty plant and grows very quickly in very diverse soil conditions. Cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes has been done by many civilizations for over 12,000 years. Industrial hemp was the desired fiber used to manufacture rope, canvas, paper, and clothing until alternative textiles and synthetics for these purposes were discovered. Although China has been the largest hemp producer over the years, other countries such as Australia and Canada are catching up. It has been illegal for anyone to grow hemp in the United States as hemp is illegal under the marijuana prohibition act but Colorado has changed the laws and paved the way for industrial hemp production again in the United States. Now hemp oils, hemp plastics, hemp building materials and many hemp fiber products can be seen and purchased on the market. Hemp is truly an amazing plant with the potential to help “green up” many industries.
In addition to providing useful fibers, hemp seed also has high nutritional value. and the plant can be used to make biodegradable plastics, some fuels, and a variety of other things. Hemp foods including but not limited to hemp energy bars, hemp salad dressing, hemp milk, hemp protein shakes, hemp oil gel caps and hemp protein powder are among some of the health products being produced today. [Source: hemp.com]
The current Hemp Movement
"How Hemp Threatens the Corporatocracy"
"The Growing Industrial Hemp Movement"
"Road To Legal Cannabis In America"
LAWS FREEING UP THE HEMP!
Legislation to re-legalize Hemp at the Federal level/Washington DC
The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015
S. 134 and H.R. 525 Would Remove Federal Restrictions on Industrial Hemp Farming in the U.S. and Allow States to Regulate the Crop. Track these Bills at govtrack.us
2014 Farm Bill
Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill allowed states that have legalized Hemp, to grow research and pilot hemp crops. Read more here
Legislation to re-legalize Hemp at State levels
Apparently twenty-one states have defined industrial hemp as distinct and removed barriers to its production. These states are able to take immediate advantage of the industrial hemp research and pilot program provision, Section 7606 of the Farm Bill: California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia. In 2014, three states, Colorado, Kentucky, and Vermont, planted hemp research crops.
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