Hemp in the News – At the recent tenth annual Agriculture Awareness Day at the Manitoba legislature, hemp was recognized as one of the most important crops produced in Manitoba. Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn stated that hemp is a value-added agriculture product, and they they want to showcase this and it’s sophistication of the industry.
The province’s climate is perfect for the production of hemp, it has been grown for more than 25,000 uses for more than 3,000 years.
At one time, hemp was such a vital part of industry and transportation development that farmers who immigrated to Canada were legally required to grow a certain amount of hemp on their acreage. It was part of the free land parcels arrangement.
In the 1930’s, when marijuana (hemp’s cousin) was prohibited, everything changed, but now prohibition of hemp has ended, and it is being increasingly recognized for it’s uses and benefits.
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