In Hemp History both George Washington and Thomas Jeffersen were avid promoters of hemp cultivation. Washington grew hemp throughout his life, using its fibres to make rope, sailing canvas, clothing and fishing nets. He once stated, “Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.” Thomas Jefferson also had an interest in farming and he said “Hemp is the first necessity to the wealth and protection of the country.”
Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp, is dedicated to breaking down the blockades surrounding hemp farming in the U.S. Vote Hemp can safely be deemed the main organization in the states working at changing the hemp laws in the country.
It is currently illegal to grow hemp in the United States, despite the fact that there was $600 million spent on hemp-based products in 2015. Millions are spent on hemp imports from Canada, Europe and Asia. Hemp is illegal because of its cousin, marijuana and is therefore included in the illegal substances list, together with the likes of heroin and LSD. But hemp does not get you high, even if you smoke ten fields of it.
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