Hemp is a plant that can be used to produce thousands of products. Hemp is of the same plant species that produces marijuana; its scientific name is Cannabis Sativa. Hemp has been used for thousands of years to produce products like paper, textiles, oil, rope, and canvas. In fact, the name canvas is derived from the Arabic word meaning cannabis. Hemp grown for industrial use is very low in THC (the psychoactive chemical in marijuana), thus making industrial hemp useless as a drug. Although marijuana is mostly known as a recreational drug, marijuana also has many medicinal uses.
During the 1930s, the American media propagated numerous false stories depicting marijuana as an extremely dangerous drug. Because these lies went unchallenged, marijuana and hemp were effectively banned in 1938. Recently, hemp has been rediscovered as a natural resource that has great economic and environmental potential. Marijuana for medicinal use is also gaining renewed recognition. Ironically, as will be explained shortly, it is possible that the real reason marijuana was banned was to prevent hemp from ever becoming a major natural resource
MARIJUANA/HEMP WAS LEGAL,WHY WAS IT BANNED?
: For the first 162 years of America's existence, marijuana
totally legal and hemp was a common crop.
HEMP 4 VICTORY: During World War II, the U.S. government urged patriotic American farmers to grow...
New Billion Dollar Crop: It is hemp, a crop that will not compete with other American products. Instead, it will displace imports of raw material and manufactured products...
FLAX AND HEMP: From: Mechanical Engineering Magazine, February 1937
PROHIBITION CAUSE MORE HARM THAN MARIJUANA: Oklahoma, a wheelchair-bound paraplegic who used medicinal marijuana to..
1997: CANADA REPEALS HEMP PROHIBITION After a successful two-year trial period of permitting experimental hemp cultivation, Canada repealed Hemp Prohibition in 1997
MARIJUANA AS MEDICINE: Drug Enforcement Administration classifies marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical value.
California's Proposition 215: Proposition 215 was approved by California voters on November 5, 1996 and went into effect on November 6, 1996.
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