While the prohibition of cannabis is one of our country’s most failed and harmful policies, the prohibition of hemp is even more egregious. Hemp has a long, storied history with our nation and it is currently legal to import from other countries, but still illegal for American farmers to grow under federal law. Fortunately, the tide is turning and we are seeing common sense hemp law reform at both the state and federal level. This week is Hemp History Week with events across the country.
Every day, more and more Americans discover the benefits of hemp. This ever-expanding market includes healthy food and body care products, as well as eco-friendly textiles, clothing, auto parts, and building materials. But despite hemp’s growing popularity, an outdated and misguided Federal policy – created in the 1930s – currently prevents U.S. farmers from growing this nutritious, versatile, and eco-friendly crop.
It is time for Federal policy on industrial hemp to reflect today’s reality and ensure a better tomorrow for America’s families and farmers, the economy and our planet. It’s Time to Grow!
Oregon hemp activists are hosting an event at Cinema 21 at 616 NW 21st in Portland on Sunday, June 8th, starting at 11:30 am with speakers, free industrial hemp product samples, live music and a screening of the hemp documentary Bringing It Home. This will be sure to be an entertaining and informative event. Please join these hard-working activists in continuing the momentum to end hemp prohibition.