Hemp farming has been outlawed for more than 50 years, even though hemp has been shown to have numerous properties for a wide array of industrial uses. Hemp production is not marijuana production, and congressional supporters of legislation to approve hemp farming are both conservative and liberal congressmen.
The chief sponsor of the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011 (H.R. 1831) is Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), and the legislation has 21 other original sponsors. The most recent word is that a Senate version is being introduced shortly.
Organizations supportive of the legislation have been organizing activities directed toward the public and legislators showing the value of hemp as an agricultural crop. Earlier this month, they declared Hemp History Week and organized events around the nation. Coinciding with this publicity, a new book was published that provides the history of hemp in a reference book/novel based on personalized experiences by those who are old enough to remember farming hemp during World War II.
It is a look at what could have been and still could be as an alternative ag crop. Imported hemp-based products have been estimated as a $400 million annual retail sales market in the U.S.
State legislation to allow hemp farming has passed in 17 states, according to hemp farming advocates, but federal legislation is necessary before anything can legally occur. Federal law overrides state law.
Here is what the hemp advocates and authors of the book “Hemp” have compiled to show value of industrial hemp:
Based in historical fact and congressional testimony “Hemp” is a historical novel with a story about two industrial hemp farmers, a father and his daughter, who find themselves suddenly in the middle of a war against their crop and their very livelihood.
“Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Prohibition, and ultimately World War II, Big oil and petrochemical interests conspired to destroy the American hemp industry by equating it with the drug marijuana under the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Using a nationwide fear campaign that relied on sensationalist journalism, falsified data and corrupt politicians and police, a small group of powerful political and business men were able to crush one of the world's most sustainable and versatile farming industries, and the green revolution that was growing with it,” claims the book promotion.
The book shows another way being used today to convince the public about a topic while also earning income for two authors, Zack DiLiberto and Nini Martino.