Hemp History – Kentucky’s future is hemp

Kentucky’s Hemp History may be convoluted but the crop is making a strong comeback in the state. This, after decades of tobacco farming.

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On his family’s tobacco farm in Kentucky, Brian Furnish inspects the harvest that is hanging to dry inside the barn. The scent of tobacco that was grown here for generations is fading, and the rich smell of hemp is taking over.

Like many tobacco farmers in Kentucky, Furnish recognizes the need for change. Tobacco is the crop of the past, and hemp is Kentucky’s crop of the future.

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Hemp History – Pennsylvania reverts to its farming history

In U.S. Hemp History, industrial hemp was illegal for several decades, due to its close resemblance to marijuana. What lawmakers didn’t take into consideration, is that hemp does not hold the psychotropic values found in its close cousin, marijuana.

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State government in Pennsylvania has changed rules and regulations to make commercial growing of industrial hemp much easier for farmers.

Farmers are no longer limited to growing 100 acres of hemp. Also, there is no longer a cap to how many farmers can grow hemp in the state.

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Hemp History – Wisconsin’s significant role in the world’s history of hemp

Wisconsin has a significant place in Hemp History, not only in the U.S., but on a global scale.

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During WWII, the state of Wisconsin was at the forefront of the world’s hemp industry. Farmers were encouraged to grow hemp, which was used to produce rope and sails for the war. A vast amount of hemp was grown in Wisconsin and processed at a mill in DeForest.

In 1943 there were about 400 farmers growing hemp in the area, and the mill processed at least 20,000 pounds of hemp that year.

In 1957 the U.S. government put a stop to the hemp industry, but the 2014 Farm Act brought it back.

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Hemp History – Canada celebrates 20 years of hemp legalisation

Canada’s Hemp History is much more forgiving than most. Where some countries are still in the process of legalising industrial hemp, Canada is celebrating 20 years of hemp being legal to grow for commercial production.

In Winnipeg this week, the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance hosted its annual national convention.

Executive Director Ted Haney spoke about how the Cannabis Act of 2018 has benefited the hemp industry. Many restrictions have been lifted, making it much easier to obtain a license for growing hemp.

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Hemp History – Hemp in Wisconsin makes a comeback

Wisconsin is making Hemp History as farmers harvest their first hemp crop in decades.

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It had been fifty years since Wisconsin farmers last cultivated hemp, but a law implemented by state legislators late last year, introduced permits for farmers to grow industrial hemp once again. 

The new hemp law includes rigid guidelines to prevent farmers from blending marijuana plants into their hemp fields. In addition, farmers must renew their growing permit annually.

Because of the stigma attached to hemp, it’s been an ongoing battle to get it recognised and legalised. The stigma is the result of misinformation about hemp and marijuana.

Though biologically related to marijuana, hemp is a different variety that lacks the psychoactive effects of its cousin. Where marijuana usually has a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) level of 10 to 20 percent, industrial hemp contains less than 0.3.

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Hemp History – Following in Washington’s footsteps

Take a look at America’s Hemp History and you may be surprised to learn that several presidents were, in fact, hemp farmers.

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Industrial hemp has been misaligned with its controversial cousin for several decades. It was back in 1937 that U.S. Congress put a ban on marijuana, and due to its superficial resemblance, hemp got lumped in with the new law.

But let’s get the facts straight – hemp is not the same plant as marijuana. Hemp is a variety of the cannabis plant but has low or untraceable amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high. 

Now, after decades of being misunderstood, hemp is making a comeback. It’s even being grown on George Washington’s farm.

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Hemp History – U.S. Congress anticipate hemp legalisation at the federal level

U.S. Congress hopes to see Hemp History rewritten very soon, with the legalisation of industrial hemp. This law change will give way to a revival of a crop that once flourished across the country. That was before the war on drugs.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell R-Ky has been the mastermind behind the hemp campaign, which has been ongoing for the past ten years. If the Senate farm bill, (which includes hemp legalisation), is passed, hemp will be removed from the federal controlled substances list and reclassified as an agricultural commodity.

Hemp was lumped in with marijuana on the controlled substances list because they are both strains of the cannabis sativa plant. However, hemp advocates have contended that hemp’s misalignment with marijuana has deprived farmers of this versatile and potentially lucrative crop.

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Hemp History – Hooray for Hemp! It’s time to honour this versatile plant

It’s Hemp History Week in the U.S., which means it’s time kick up yer heels and celebrate this miracle plant!

Hemp History Week is appropriately based in Colorado, where some of the first legalisation of cannabis took place, making the state one of the hemp hot spots of the nation.

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Hemp History Week took root in 2010, with a mission to change the federal hemp laws of the U.S. Back in 1937, hemp got lumped in with its controversial cousin, marijuana, and is still on the federal list of Schedule I controlled substances today, but in recent years, the cannabis laws have been changing.

Celebrating hemp is easy. There’s so much to celebrate! From healthy, nutritious foods to sustainable building materials, clothing and plastic alternatives, what’s not to love?

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Hemp History – Jersey Island is having a hemp revival

Jersey’s Hemp History will experience a revival this growing season, as hemp crops will be cultivated throughout the island.

For three former firefighters it will actually be the second growing season. With permission from Health Minister Andrew Green, they grew hemp last year at an undisclosed location.

An initial small number of hemp plants were grown last year, to test its viability. Due to a very successful harvest, the number of plants will increase this year.

In the late 1800’s hemp was a thriving crop in Jersey, used to produce rope and sails for ships. Today the seeds are harvested from the plants to make hemp oil and cannabidiol (CBD) oil.

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It’s time for hemp to make a comeback, which will expand the agricultural opportunities for farmers and industry.

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Hemp History – Back to the future, the rebirth of hemp

In some places in the world, marijuana, both medical and recreational, has been made legal, but somewhere in there, Hemp History has been forgotten.

There are two species of the Cannabis Sativa plant, one of which is more well known, and gives a psychoactive high. This species is marijuana, and it has a high concentration of the component THC, while the other, known as industrial hemp, has a minimal amount of less than 0.3% THC. Hemp is also one of the most amazing and useful plants on the planet, with the potential of making, building and feeding multitudes.

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Industrial hemp has been used for thousands of years for an abundance of uses, from building materials to ropes and sails. Due to an unfortunate turn of events back in 1937, and because of how alike the two plants look, hemp was lumped in with marijuana on the list of controlled substances and, therefore made illegal to grow in the U.S.

With the advent of the 2014 Farm Bill, industrial hemp is beginning to make a comeback as a money crop in the agricultural industry. With the many advantages of this crop, including the lack of need for fertilisers or pesticides, it’s growth rate, and the actual ability to help and improve the soil quality, it really is a miracle crop.

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