During World War II, the U.S. government urged
patriotic American farmers to grow...
HEMP FOR VICTORY
Fibers needed to make rope, textiles and other materials
were in such short supply during World War II, the U.S. government
temporarily re-legalized hemp cultivation so American farmers could
grow it for the war effort. Although the government allowed more than
350,000 acres (550 square miles) of hemp to be cultivated during World
War II, the U.S. experienced no increase in marijuana use during that
|Left: Introduction to the U.S. governmentís 1942
pro-hemp film titled Hemp For Victory.
Right: A farmer inspects his 8-foot-tall hemp crop,
which is nearly ready to harvest.
The surrounding images are from the 1942 U.S. Dept. of
Agriculture film titled Hemp For Victory, which was used to
educate American farmers about growing hemp for the war effort. This
film portrays the hemp plant in a very positive light. For years the
government denied it made this film, and records of its existence in
The Library of Congress were mysteriously missing. But in 1989, after
an exhaustive search of government archives, researchers uncovered the
original library records which prove Hemp For Victory was
produced by the U.S. government. Video cassette tapes of Hemp For
Victory are now available for sale to the public.
|Left: A Marijuana Tax Stamp permitted American farmers
to grow hemp during World War II.
Right: A Wisconsin farmer harvests his hemp crop in
DO HEMP ADVOCATES HAVE AN AGENDA TO RE-LEGALIZE
Many prohibitionists discredit the need for a hemp
industry because they fear hemp is being used as a vehicle to
re-legalize marijuana. The facts must be judged on their own merit. The
economic and environmental benefits of hemp are very real. There are
literally thousands of American farmers who want to grow industrial
hemp. The repeal of Hemp Prohibition is also advocated by numerous
major farm organizations, including the conservative 4.5-million-member
American Farm Bureau. Many businesses are now producing hemp-based
products and some large American corporations (e.g., International
Paper, Inc.) are beginning to advocate the repeal of Hemp Prohibition.
It is entirely possible to repeal Hemp Prohibition
without re-legalizing marijuana because hemp grown for industrial use
has no drug properties. China and Eastern European nations are the
world's leading growers of hemp, but marijuana is still illegal in
those nations. Although marijuana is illegal in Canada, England,
Germany, and Australia, those nations have recently begun growing hemp
for the first time in decades. If the United States does not repeal
Hemp Prohibition, a significant economic and environmental opportunity
will be lost--the benefits will be reaped only by America's economic
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