It's probably just a matter of time. As more people become aware that alternative energies are far healthier for the environment and humankind, they'll also start to realize the greatest plant-sourced biomass is industrial hemp. Oddly enough, most people aren't much aware of hemp even though it's been commercially grown for 12,000 years. Our founding fathers were plenty aware of it. From NAIHC (North American Industrial Hemp Council), Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper, which is what the Declaration of Independence is written on. When US sources of 'Manila' hemp was cut off by the Japanese in WWII, the US Army and Department of Agriculture promoted the 'Hemp for Victory' campaign to grow more hemp in the US. Because of its importance for sails and rope for ships, hemp was a required crop in the American colonies. Funny, it used to be a required crop!From VenusProject.com: All schoolbooks were made from hemp or flax paper until the 1880s. It was LEGAL TO PAY TAXES WITH HEMP in America from 1631 until the early 1900s. REFUSING TO GROW HEMP in America during the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries WAS AGAINST THE LAW! You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow hemp from 1763 to 1769. Wow.
Hempcar.org who drove this sweet Mercedes wagon 13,000 miles across America to help spread awareness. BTW, you can't get high on industrial hemp products if that is concerning anyone.
Where do we go from here? I don't know, but raising awareness is a big part of the battle. "What can I do?" you might ask. Support anything in any form that has to do with industrial hemp or hemp products. They're starting to pop up everywhere. Last month my wife bought me a bottle of hemp lotion. I love it, and no, it doesn't get me high.
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