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Hemp is only starting to become a cash crop now. However, the history of hemp use dates back to ancient times. In fact, the weaving of hemp fiber began over 10,000 years ago. It was used in ancient India, Egypt, China and more with traces of its use from both carbon dating and ancient texts. The ancients likely discovered hemp while searching for textiles. The traces date so far back that Carl Sagan has theorized cannabis could have been the world’s first agriculture crop.

In 1850, the United States census noted 8,400 hemp plantations of at least 2000 acres in the country. Less than a century later, the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act made it almost impossible for American farmers to make hemp.

In 1942, the United States Department of Agriculture made a war-time film called Hemp for Victory to encourage farmers to grow hemp suitable for the U.S. Navy’s ropes. Tax stamps were used as an incentive to get farmers to start growing hemp again. However, in 1969, the Marijuana Tax Act was ruled to be unconstitutional because anyone that claims one is essentially admitting to illegally growing marijuana. Unfortunately, this decision was repealed by the next year with the passing of a new Act.


Kate Paulley