Last Saturday, at the Hawaii Hemp Conference, Hemp Politics were brought to the forefront with a performance from Oahu state Sen. Mike Gabbard. He took the stage with guitar in hand and sang a revamped version of “The Times They Are a Changin’,” giving the song a hemp twist.

Hemp was, at one time, a mainstay crop in the United States and an essential part of the American economy. That was before regulations were imposed on the crop by classifying it as a controlled substance, due to its close relation to marijuana.

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In contrast to hemp, marijuana, contains an average 9 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient. Industrial hemp, on the other hand, has less than 0.3 percent.

Gabbard spoke about the history of hemp, commenting on the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 which put a ban on all cannabis products, hemp included, despite the impossibility of getting high on hemp.

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