1. It was illegal to refuse to grow hemp in the 17th and 18th century in America.
Don’t grow hemp, go to jail. That was a fact of life in the 17th and 18th century, you had to grow hemp in America or you could go to prison.
Just how important does a crop have to be in order for a mandatory penalty to be set for resisting to grow it? Most shocking is that the powers that ran the United States knew all of this and shared it openly with the public. Those same powers then started acting out of profitable interests by demonizing it and creating propaganda, unjust laws, and cruel penalties for those who grew or possessed it.
I do think hemp should be legal, but going to jail for not growing it, is a bit too far. It brings up the question: Which is more illogical, going to jail for growing hemp, or going to jail for NOT growing hemp?
2. The first Bibles, maps, charts, Betsy Ross’s flag, the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were made from hemp.
When some of the most important books, documents, and items in general (including Henry Fords Car) were made out of hemp, you have to wonder why this ever did stop and how we will prosper when it continues.
3. Hemp is among the oldest industries on the planet, going back more than 10,000 years to the beginnings of pottery.
An industry is created from a resource which has a demand. In order for a resource to become in demand, it has to be in some way beneficial. Whether that be in a practical or aesthetic sense. With hemp you get a wide range of possible industries. From clothing, to medicine and bed wear.
Whatever cotton can do, hemp can do better. All jokes aside, this is the truth in many different ways. Hemp is a more versatile and strong fiber, with less harmful impact on our beautiful planet. From the very beginning of the usage of hemp to today, the fact still holds true. What doesn’t hold true is the facts that most people have been presented with all of their life.
Hemp is marijuana, therefor hemp is bad. Hemp can get you high. Hemp is too expensive. Etc. All things that you hear too often which aren’t true at all.
4. 60-80% of all rope and twine were made with hemp until 1937.
Here is another fact that backs up what we already know: Hemp is reliable and it works, and people have known this for hundreds of years. This further goes to show how the prohibition of hemp is not helpful and sets us back.
5. You could pay for your taxes with hemp at one time in America.
Name another fiber that you could pay taxes with and doesn’t destroy the environment. Bills are made from a fiber that causes deforestation, extinctions, and pollution. You can’t say the same about hemp.
And for whatever reason, we continue to ignore this is most parts of North America and the rest of the world. We continue to ignore how valued and cherished hemp was. The good news is that in this day and age, more and more people are waking up to this information through the internet. The momentum that one person with research can spread is huge.
Make it a point to spread the truth about hemp to your friends and family who may be ignorant about it’s possible usages. The more people that know will only spread truth in numbers. We are witnessing it today with marijuana legalization in some countries. The internet is a game-changer in so many ways for learning about facts that you might have been suppressed to.
If money, jobs, and global warming are a problem, and hemp could be a solution, it’s our right to educate and act for the better of this planet and humanity.