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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Hemp History – Tracing the roots of industrial hemp farming in the U.S.

If the skeptics of industrial hemp took a closer look at the Hemp History of the U.S.A., they’d soon realise that it’s not a new crop for the U.S., but one that deserves a revival.

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Two U.S. Senate Majority Leaders, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, are proposing the legalisation of industrial hemp. McConnell announced that the bill will “legalise hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances.”

Hemp has strong roots in the history of American agriculture. Henry Clay, a Kentucky lawyer, farmer, and statesman, was one of the first to bring hemp seeds to the U.S. from Asia.

Clay’s advocacy for hemp dates back to 1810, when he backed government laws for the protection of domestically grown hemp.

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Hemp History – 20 selected farmers soon to begin industrial hemp trials in South Carolina

Another U.S. state is making Hemp History with the launch of their first hemp pilot program.

South Carolina has given the stamp of approval to twenty farmers who are now permitted to grow industrial hemp. After twenty years of wanting to grow hemp, farmer Nat Bradford is pleased to be one of the chosen few.

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Last year, South Carolina voted in favour of the Industrial Hemp Bill, which allows for hemp cultivation for research purposes. This hemp pilot program elects twenty farmers who team up with universities to grow and study hemp.

The program will explore the growing conditions of the crop and, eventually, will open up new opportunities for farmers and industry.

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Hemp History – The chosen few in South Carolina are ready to sow their first hemp seeds

To understand the current status of industrial hemp in the U.S., one needs to look at Hemp History, and how it became illegal in 1937.

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First, let’s clear up the misconception that hemp and marijuana are the same. They are both species of the cannabis sativa plant, but with only 0.3 percent THC, hemp lacks the psychoactive effects of marijuana, which contains 10 – 20 percent.

Despite the difference in chemical content of the two plants, hemp was grouped together with marijuana and deemed illegal by Congress, in 1937.

One by one, states in the U.S. are reversing this law and allowing hemp to be cultivated once again. South Carolina is one of the more recent states to implement their Industrial Hemp Pilot Program, and the twenty chosen farmers are more than ready to sow their first hemp seeds this spring.

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Hemp History – Roman revival of hemp construction underway

Take a look at Hemp History and you will soon discover that it reaches all around the globe, and for thousands of years. Even the Romans have a place in hemp history, dating back to the Julius Caesar days, and U.S. presidents Washington and Jefferson both farmed hemp as well.

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In the U.S., while many states legalise marijuana for its medicinal and recreational benefits, several other uses of cannabis are being overlooked, especially its use as building material.

There is growing interest in sustainable construction these days, and hemp supersedes all others when it comes to sustainability and renewable materials. The Romans used hemp to build structures and bridges, many of which are still standing.

There is now a movement of builders and environmentalists who want to revive the industrial hemp-building industry.

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