Ontario Man Sets Sights High With World’s First Hemp Plane

Derek Kesek plans to be flying high in the world’s first hemp plane next year.

At first, people laughed when the Burlington, Ont., former organic restaurant owner said he was going to build a plane made out of hemp.

“Can you smoke it, too?” they jibed.

“But, they’re not laughing at me now,” the environmental activist told the Star this week.

Last month his Waterloo-based company, Hempearth, signed a contract with a Florida-based plane manufacturer to build an aircraft made almost entirely out of hemp.

A member of the cannabis plant family, hemp is a tall, leafy plant with a strong fibrous stalk. It is used to make T-shirts, soap, rope, oil, food, construction materials and now, planes.

– Read the entire article at The Toronto Star.

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