What Happened to the Billion Dollar Crop?

Back in the day, the very first marijuana law in the United States was one ordering farmers to grow hemp. Translation: it was illegal for farmers to NOT grow it!

Popular Mechanics magazine’s February 1938 issue, said “Hemp is the standard fiber of the world. It has great tensile strength and durability. It is used to produce more than 5,000 textile products, ranging from rope to fine laces, and the woody “hurds” remaining after the fiber has been removed contain more than seventy-seven per cent cellulose, and can be used to produce more than 25,000 products, ranging from dynamite to Cellophane.”

So what happened to hemp being celebrated as the “new billion dollar crop”?

Competition. New influential industries that simply could not compete with the simplicity, abundance and natural value of hemp.

The new materials and pharmaceuticals industries started by the early industrial giants such as the DuPont Company (www.dupont.com, NYSE Symbol: DD, founded 1802), simply could not keep up with the demand and thousands of uses for hemp.

Plastics, synthetic fibres like nylon, and so on, needed hemp to disappear for them to prosper.

Just take a look at a few products hemp can easily make.

Some surmise that if hemp became legalized and utilized fully, the clear cutting of forests, the burning of fossil fuels to make synthetic materials and plastics, the proliferation of plastic waste, and even the spraying large amounts of pesticides, and much more, would be eliminated.

We guess we won’t know until legislation catches up with nature. In the meantime, we’ll keep fighting to get hemp-based products into the hands of those who need them!

Image source: realhemp.com

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