Hemp History Week: Ending the War on George Washington's Favorite Crop

"The main goal [of Hemp History Week] is to try to bring back hemp farming in the United States again," explains Eric Streenstra, President of the nonprofit advocacy group Vote Hemp.

Once hailed as a "New Billion Dollar Crop" by Poplar Mechanics, hemp farming was effectively shut down in the United States over confusion with its genetic cousin, marijuana. Though hemp carries no psychoactive properties, the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act defined hemp a a narcotic and that wording was subsequently adopted into the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Current laws allow the importation of industrial hemp from outside the U.S., leading to an ever expanding list of hemp related products, but denies would be hemp-farmers the ability to grow industrial hemp on American soil.

Steenstra sat down with Reason.tv's Nick Gillespie to discuss the legislative fight to lift the ban on cultivation, hemp's long history in America, and why hemp lube is just one of the many benefits associated with the plant.

Approximately 4.48 minutes.

Camera by Jim Epstein and Meredith Bragg. Edited by Joshua Swain.

A. Barton Hinkle on hemp.

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  • sarcasmic||

    Hemp lube?

  • Pip||

    Is that Hemp up your ass?

    Milwaukee police accused of performing illegal body cavity searches

    Seven officers and a supervisor at the Milwaukee police department have had their badges taken away after allegations surfaced that police have been conducting body cavity searches on suspects with no authority to do so.

    Reports of officers arresting suspects then subjecting them to cavity searches first surfaced in local media in March. On Monday, after getting access to a police report, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that officers allegedly performed these searches on a routine basis.
    One Milwaukee officer, Michael Vagnini, "had a reputation" for forcing suspects he believed had drugs in their body cavities to bend over for him, said defense attorney Alex Cossi, who handled a July 2011 case that alleges Vagnini searched his client and another suspect in the booking room.

    http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_n.....rches?lite

  • ¿Ex Nihilo?||

    Vagnini

    Body searches. ROTFLMFAO

  • sarcasmic||

    He never stopped getting back at the people who picked on him in high school.

  • ¿Ex Nihilo?||

    What a dick, oh wait!!

  • Michael Vagnini||

    WHAT'S WRONG WITH BEING THOROUGH?

  • fish||

    Poplar Mechanics?

    Typo or not that's a pretty cool name for a grow operation!

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • NeonCat||

    Make sure to blow your top on some peppermint candy.

  • ||

    It does? No way! I gotta check out this brochure.

    *eats hamburger*

  • fried wylie||

    its genetic cousin

    Taxonomy, how the fuck do they work?!

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    Steenstra sat down with Reason.tv's Nick Gillespie to discuss the legislative fight to lift the ban on cultivation, hemp's long history in America, and why hemp lube is just one of the many benefits associated with the plant.

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    Steenstra sat down with Reason.tv's Nick Gillespie to discuss the legislative fight to lift the ban on cultivation, hemp's long history in America, and why hemp lube is just one of the many benefits associated with the plant.

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    Steenstra sat down with Reason.tv's Nick Gillespie to discuss the legislative fight to lift the ban on cultivation, hemp's long history in America, and why hemp lube is just one of the many benefits associated with the plant.

    Approximately 4.48 minutes.

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