The industrial hemp plant is one of the oldest and fastest growing plants on the planet. It has origin that date back 10,000 years. It's a strain of the cannabis sativa plant grown specifically for the industrial uses of derived products. Hemp is a source of fibers and oil seed grown in more than 30 nations. In the United States production is controlled under drug enforcement laws. 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.
Hemp was doing fine and dandy with no restrictions until the year 1937. This is when all the issues got started with the hemp plant. On August 2, 1937, Congress passed the “Marihuana Tax Actof 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 In those days, hemp was primarily consumed mostly by poor African Americans. The psychoactive substance of the plant became widely known by famous African American musicians and Harry despised that. He was eventually appointed the first commissioner of the United States Treasury Department's Federal Bureau of Narcotics.
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 then classified as a Schedule 1 drug right along with, the heavy duty drugs such as heroin, LSD, ecstasy and magic mushrooms. Mr. Anslinger made it his personal crusade to rid the US of all drugs. His influence alone played a critical role in the introduction and passage of this “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!