Because of hemp’s resemblance to its cousin, marijuana, hemp has been banned for decades. But did you know that it was Kentucky’s biggest cash crop long before steamships, synthetic materials and the anti-marijuana propaganda film reefer madness?

Kentucky made Hemp History in the 1800s as farmers grew more hemp than anywhere else in the U.S. After the first hemp crop in 1775, it didn’t take long for farmers to recognize the growing potential in Kentucky’s with its quality soil and ideal rainy conditions.

Hemp History : old photo of hemp farmer

Several hemp growers made their millions, including John Wesley Hunt, Kentucky’s first millionaire.

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