Thanks to the US Farm Bill passed in December 2018, Hemp is making a comeback. It was once one of humanity’s most significant crops. With 25,000 uses and counting, its versatility and usefulness made it a global staple for both ancient and modern civilizations. From food and clothing to canvas sails and paper, Hemp was a way of life. That all changed in the 1930’s, when the face-off between agriculture and industry came to a head.
Household names like DuPont and William Randolph Hearst represented the synthetic textile and lumber markets. They became threatened by new technologies that made Hemp easier to harvest and produce. The threat was answered with a powerful government lobby backed by the industrial and newspaper barons. Hearst used the power of the press to push propaganda linking Hemp with Marijuana and a depraved lifestyle. Facts didn’t matter, the smear campaign worked resulting in the prohibition of the crop in the United States.