Is hemp illegal in the U.S? if so, why?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Contrary to what most people believe The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 outlawed marijuana but not hemp...however because the two plants look so much alike a lot of honest hemp farmers did end up getting busted.

    Believe it or not hemp was important to the war effort, field packs, duffel bags, cordage and even parachute harnesses were made from hemp fibers. Farmers were actually encouraged to grow hemp and there was even a "Hemp for Victory" program.

    Hemp was outlawed at the federal level back in 1970 because many in congress feared that illegal marijuana plants could be hidden amongst hemp plants. Remember most marijuana fields are spotted though helicopter surveillance and the two plants look virtually alike.

    Pretty ignorant because even though hemp and marijuana are of the same species if allowed to cross pollinate the marijuana plants would loose vital THC content and the hemp plants all important stalks would become thinner and less fibrous.

    By the way your typical marijuana plant contains anywhere from 7% to 20% THC content while hemp 0.03%. It takes about 5% THC content to get even a mild buzz. You could smoke a pound of hemp and all you'd get is a headache. And believe it or not at one time George Washington owned and operated the largest hemp plantation in the known world...and the U.S. Constitution is written on paper made from hemp.

    In spite the federal ban several states now have active hemp industries and there is talk about eliminating the federal law altogether. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is illegal to grow hemp in the US because somebody decided it was bad since it falls into the marijuana family.

    You can purchase items made with hemp in the US, but the hemp must be processed outside of the country.

  • 1 decade ago

    Hemp is illegal in the U.S. because William Randolph Hearst owned several newspapers through out the U.S. To supply the need for paper for his businesses he owned hundreds of acres of timber forests and paper mill to supply the newspapers with the needed paper. In the early 1930's his empire was threatened by hemp because, like wood pulp, hemp pulp could make paper as well, and for a much cheaper price, because it is much easier to regrow hemp than a whole forest. Between 1936 and 1937, Hearst associated marijuana with hemp and that effectively led to its prohibition in the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, a law which also outlawed hemp.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In 1619 Jamestown Colony, Virginia enacted laws ordering farmers to grow hemp. Similar laws were enacted in Massachusetts in 1631, Connecticut in 1632 and the Chesapeake Colonies in the mid-1700's.

    Even though the U.S. government encouraged American farmers to grow hemp for WWII and had even accepted it as payment of taxes in Colonial America, it is now prohibited to grow hemp in the United States.

    http://www.organic-items.com/hemps-legal-implicati...

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, it is. Goodness knows why because as an industrial plant it is very useful with over 25,000 uses.

    Only when it is used for smoking does it become harmful.

  • 1 decade ago

    No, it's not illegal. But you do have to have special permission to grow it.

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