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What is Industrial Hemp?

The industrial hemp plant is documented as one of the oldest and fastest-growing plants on the planet. It is a strain of the Cannabis Sativa plant that is purposely grown for industrial uses. Unlike marijuana, Hemp naturally contains low amounts of THC. THC is responsible for the “high” that marijuana users experience. Hemp usage by humans is as old as recorded history. Some sources suggest that it dates back to 10,000 years!

All parts of the hemp plant can be used to transform into industrial products. Combined, they can be used to make up to 25,000 different products! For example; the stalk can be used to manufacture textiles, insulation material, hurd or used as biofuel. The seeds can be eaten (by humans, or turned into organic feed for cattle) or turned into hemp seed oil, which on its own has multiple uses. Even its roots and flowers can be used to make compost, medicines and other products.

Hemp is a great source of fiber grown in more than 30 nations. It is used to make clothes, shoes, plastic, food, beverages, fuel, rope, textiles, paper, building material and the list goes on and on. Simply amazing.

Recently, Hemp has gained much popularity because it is the only source of deriving legal CBD.

A little Industrial Hemp History

On August 2, 1937, Congress passed the “Marijuana Tax Act of 1937” which placed a tax on the sale of Cannabis. A US government official, Harry J. Anslinger spearheaded the movement that lead to the passing of this Act.

Mr. Anslinger was well known as a notorious racist who supported the victimization of African Americans and the criminalization of narcotics.

Back in the 30s, Hemp was primarily grown and consumed by poor African Americans. The plant was widely promoted by famous African American musicians who enjoyed the relaxation effects. Harry despised that.

He served for 32 years as the first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department‘s Federal Bureau of Narcotics. During that time he denounced marijuana as violent, insanity and a perpetrator of crimes. As a result, Harry Anslinger then went on to single-handedly waged a rigorous war against marijuana for “public safety” despite being presented evidence of otherwise.

The Cannabis plant was classified as a Schedule 1 drug, placed side-by-side with heavy-duty drugs such as heroin, LSD, ecstasy and shrooms.

Mr. Anslinger’s influence alone played a critical role in the introduction and passing of the “Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.”

The Positive Developments that followed:

Firstly, in 1961, The United Nations created the “Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs”, an international treaty that prohibits the production and supply of specific intoxicating drugs. It also includes drugs with similar psychoactive effects except under license for specific purposes, such as medical treatment.

Secondly, in 1970, “The Controlled Substances Act” was used to establish the Federal United States Drug policy under which the manufacture, import, possession, use, and distribution of certain substances including narcotics, stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, anabolic, and steroids were prohibited.

In 2013, “The Agricultural Act” was introduced by President Barack Obama. This Act authorized nutrition and agriculture programs in the United States for the years 2014-2018. It was signed on February 7, 2014.

In 2018, “The Farm Bill” proposed removing Hemp (defined as the Cannabis variant with less than 0.3 THC) from Schedule 1 controlled substances and making it an ordinary agricultural commodity. The law was brought into effect on  December 20, 2018. Hallelujah!

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