The industrial hemp plant is documented as one of the oldest and fastest growing plants on the planet. It has origins that date back 10,000 years.
It's a strain of the cannabis sativa plant grown specifically for the industrial uses of derived products.
All parts of the hemp plant can be used. For example; the stalk can be used to manufacture textiles or as biofuel. The seeds can be eaten or turned into hemp seed oil.
Hemp is a great source of fiber grown in more than 30 nations. It is used to make clothes, shoes, plastic, food, beverage, fuel, rope, textiles, paper, building material and the list goes on and on. Simply amazing.
A little Industrial Hemp History
On August 2, 1937, Congress passed the “Marihuana Tax Act of 1937” which placed a tax on the sale of cannabis. A man named Harry J. Anslinger spearheaded the movement that lead to this Act.
Mr. Anslinger was well known as a notorious racist who supported victimization of African Americans. Back 30s, hemp was primarily consumed by poor African Americans. The plant became widely known by famous African American musicians who enjoyed the relaxation effects. Harry despised that.
He served 32 years. He denounced marijuana as a violent, insanity. He single-handedly waged a rigorous war on narcotics which yes, you guessed it, marijuana/hemp was included.
The plant was classified as a Schedule 1 drug right along with, the heavy duty drugs such as heroin, LSD, ecstasy and magic mushrooms.
Mr. Anslinger influence alone played a critical role in the introduction and passage of the “Marihuana Tax Actof 1937." Unbelievable! Really, Harry.
In 1961, The United Nations created the “Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs” an international treaty that prohibits production and supply of specific drugs and of drugs with similar effects except under license for specific purposes, such medical treatment.
In 1970, “The Controlled Substances Act” is the statue establishing Federal United States Drug policy under which the manufacture, importation, possession, use, and distribution of certain substances such as narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, anabolic, and steroids. Just to name a few, the Effective date of this act is May 1, 1971.
In 2013,“The Agricultural Act”was introduced by President Barack Obama. This Act authorizes nutrition and agriculture programs in the United States for the years 2014-2018. It was signed February 7, 2014
In 2018, “The Hemp Farming Act”a proposed law to remove hemp (defined as cannabis with less than 0.3% THC) from Schedule 1 controlled substances and making it an ordinary agricultural commodity. Effective date of this law is December 20, 2018. Hallelujah!