Congress considers the Hemp cultivation experiment in the United States!

800px-Hemp_Crop_in_Peasenhall_Road,_Walpole_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1470339Hemp was made illegal under the United States Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 and was categorized a schedule 1 drug with cannabis, cocaine, meth and other hard core drugs. And while Hemp is legal in North Dakota, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Oregon, California, Montana, West Virginia and Vermont; the only states to issue hemp cultivation licenses is Colorado, with crops already being cultivated; Vermont, California and North Dakota. However, we see the tide changing slowly with the United States Congress preparing to approve the “Hemp cultivation experiment” in several states.

Hemp is a phenomenal plant because of its versatility in use and application. Industrial hemp’s characteristic trait comes from a variety of cannabis sativa L that are intended for agricultural and industrial use. Hemp is not marijuana, it’s the sister botanical plant that uses the stalk and seed for many industrial, commercial and health products; it is a natural fiber and is considered the longest, strongest and most durable of all natural fibers. Hemp is non-psychoactive and contains 0.3% to 1.5% compared to the 5% of the psychoactive THC in marijuana. Hemp can be grown and blended to manufacture many industrial and health products such as paper, textiles, clothing, biodegradable plastics, building materials and commercial industrial products. It could alter many industries. For starters, if we are allowed to grow and study hemp, with new technologies, we can produce new innovative products such as Hempcrete which would alter buildings and their lifecycle use and in the end save thousands of dollars for the consumer.

Hemp could also change the way we conduct domestic and foreign policy. If we are allowed to grow and refine hemp; the use of this product could replace many products we import and could very well put us back on the path of becoming a bit more self-reliant. It would create many jobs in the United States, make the farmer relevant again and bring back to life our manufacturing and exporting of goods. Hemp is  environmentally friendly and versatile in its use and application. I look forward to the day when WAM can extract and refine hemp for manufacturing, medicinal and industrial use and application.