Thomas Jefferson once said, “Hemp is of greatest importance to our nation.” The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper. American farmers were required by law in the 1700’s to grow hemp. More than 150,000 acres of hemp were cultivated as a part of the USDA’s “Hemp for Victory” program during World War II.
This is Hemp History Week, and hundreds of events are occurring across the country to promote hemp products for our belly and our body—and the economy. Premiering this week is the documentary Bringing It Home, showing the benefits of industrial hemp—a variety of cannabis that does not contain psychoactive chemicals.
It’s legal to eat hemp seeds (full of Omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids) in your salads, wear hemp woven into chic clothing, to rub it into your skin by using an organic body care product, and to use it in building materials.
But U.S. farmers are no longer able to grow industrial hemp. The 1937 Marihuana Tax Act defined hemp as a narcotic drug, just like its cousin marijuana.
Technically, this law and the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA) do permit the growing of hemp, but place strict controls and taxes on the commodity. And the DEA has been turning down all permit requests to set up commercial production.
– Read the entire article at Living Green Magazine.