World hemp round-up

Canada first licensed hemp research crops in 1994, and about 35,000 acres were grown commercially in 1999.

China is the world’s largest exporter of hemp paper and textiles.

France is currently the main source of viable low-THC hempseed.

Romania is the largest producer of raw hemp in Europe. Much of it is exported to Hungary for processing. Hungary is among the biggest exporters of hemp cordage, rugs and fabric.

Poland grows hemp for fabric, cordage and particle board. Polish researchers have shown that hemp can be used to cleanse soils contaminated by heavy metals.

Russia maintains the world’s largest hemp germplasm collection at the Vavilov Scientific Research Institute of Plant Industry in Saint Petersburg.

Australia currently allows hemp research crops, and the state of Victoria licenses commercial production.

Germany banned hemp in 1982, but lifted the ban in 1995. Many new hemp technologies and products are now being developed in Germany.

Other nations that cultivate hemp include Austria, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Holland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the Ukraine, and Yugoslavia.