Australia has a similar Hemp History to the U.S.A. and after an eighty year ban, the hemp industry is making a comeback in Australia as well.
Explorer and naturalist Sir Joseph Banks made sure there were hemp seeds on board when the First Fleet departed for the young colony. He wanted the first settlers to be able to cultivate hemp, so they could produce their own rope and sails.
Unfortunately, as in so many other countries, the fear of drugs lead to a ban on hemp cultivation in 1937.
Despite this ban on hemp for human consumption, Australia has been exporting hemp to other countries for the past two decades, and rekindling its hemp industry in the process. The ban on human consumption was recently dissolved, so soon Australians will be able to sample their own hemp food products.
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