Hemp is a Part of Our History


Mr. Pearce, on my farming plantation(s), I want you to make the most of Hemp and plant it everywhere on my farmlands that haven’t been previously reserved for other things
— George Washington in a Letter to Plantation Manager William Pearce (Feb. 24, 1794)
 
There is no time to lose in this endeavor. The entire population should be permitted to grow hemp. It’s non toxic, and won’t get you high. It’s safer than poison ivy! This is an environmental and economical issue, everyone can partake in!
— Ras Ible
Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?
— Henry Ford
 
From some limited research that we have through the West Virginia Extensions, they project that hemp can provide up to $400 an acre for farmers.
— Morgan Leach WVU Law Student
 
From the farmers’ point of view, hemp is an easy crop to grow and will yield from 3 to 6 tons per acre on any land that will grow corn, wheat, or oats. It has a short growing season, so that it can be planted after other crops are in. It can be grown in any state of the union. Long roots penetrate and break the soil to leave it in perfect condition for the next year’s crop. The dense shock of leaves, 8 to 12 feet above the ground, chokes out weeds. Two successive of crops are enough to reclaim land that has been abandoned because of Canadian thistle or quack grass
— "New Billion-Dollar Crop", Popular Mechanics February, 1938 Vol.69, No. 2
 
For almost 100 years, United States farmers have lost the ability to grow Industrial Hemp. Consumers have been forced to buy hemp produced in other countries as far away as China. While the US Hemp industry now sells over $500 million annually in health and beauty products, almost all of this hemp comes from production outside the United States. Industrial hemp organizations are working towards the goal of making, growing, and reselling industrial hemp as simple as growing and selling other products like wheat and corn. It will allow consumers to support a US farming industry through the purchase of products grown and manufactured in the USA.
— votehemp
 
There is only one plant that can completely substitute for fossil fuel. The plant is an annual that grows in all 50 states. It is the fastest growing sustainable biomass on the planet. It can produce paper, fiber, food, and fuel.
— Jack Herer 1990 High Times Magazine Interview