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“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.”
Thomas Jefferson, U.S. PresidentOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?”
–  Henry Ford

The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”
–  Carl Sagan

“If John Lennon is deported, I’m leaving too…with my musicians..and my marijuana.”
Art Garfunkel

“That is not a drug. It’s a leaf,”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger

 
“When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.”
Barack Obama, U.S. President

“When a private enterprise fails, it is closed down; when a government enterprise fails, it is expanded. Isn’t that exactly what’s been happening with drugs?”
Milton Friedman

Hemp growing at Eden Project

Hemp growing at Eden Project

 

Facts

  • Hemp grows fast, is very adaptable to soil and climatic conditions and is undemanding on resources such as artificial fertilisers and pesticides. It provides a good break crop for the farmer, giving the land a rest from other crops and helping to prevent disease.
  • It is a potential flagship sustainable crop for the 21st century, but there’s a reason why our fields aren’t full of it. It produces a substance that became socially controversial in the early part of the 20th century: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which as well as having many medicinal attributes has been used as a recreational drug. In recent years breeding and selection has resulted in cultivars low in THC, and hemp is once again being considered by governments as a useful crop.
  • One of the oldest relics of human industry is a bit of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC.
  • Hemp is six times as strong as cotton, much more resistant to weathering and wear, and more lustrous and absorbent. It is also much more environmentally friendly to grow.
  • Hemp growing became commonplace in Britain under the Romans and continued into the mid-1940s. In the 16th century Henry VIII made hemp cultivation obligatory.

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