The Rise and Fall of Hemp: A Historical Perspective

The history of hemp is a long and complex one, with its first traces found in 8000 BC. C. in the Asian regions that are now China and Taiwan. Hemp was one of the first agricultural crops, and it was used for food, clothing, and even fuel.

In the early 20th century, attitudes towards hemp cultivation began to change in the United States, leading to the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 which significantly reduced the hemp industry. During World War II, the US government encouraged hemp production through its “Hemp for Victory” program. However, when the government increased its efforts to fight drugs such as marijuana, hemp was grouped together with cannabis and became subject to high taxes. This led to a significant decline in hemp production in the US.

In recent years, people and the government have begun to recognize the potential of hemp to have a positive impact on our health, economy, and environment. Unfortunately, due to the government shutdown last month, the Department of Agriculture has been unable to approve new hemp cultivation plans. This has caused a setback for the fledgling hemp industry, as farmers who have already approved hemp and companies that supply it or European producers are not affected by the closure. The farm bill clarified an area of the law relating to hemp production that could accelerate growth once the shutdown ends and production recovers.

Despite obstacles and uncertainty, leaders in the hemp industry continue to plan to move forward as soon as the government shutdown ends. People are beginning to realize that hemp can be used for more than just recreational purposes, and it is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative source of fuel, food, clothing, and medicine. With more research being done on its potential benefits, it is likely that hemp will continue to gain traction in the future.

Micaela de Gallardo
Micaela de Gallardo

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