This morning I was thrilled to see an article in a local newspaper about the wonderful work some Washington residents are doing toward legalizing industrial hemp farming in our county. I can tell you that I had goosebumps reading it. Now, we all know that legalization of industrial hemp in the U.S. has had a slow comeback, especially after the prohibition of hemp farming (you can see the article I wrote about prohibition and the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 HERE).
Here is part of the article:
“Sandy Soderberg, president of Evergreen Hemp Co., thinks Whatcom County could be the epicenter of Washington’s next billion-dollar industry: hemp.
Soderberg hosted an informative session on industrial hemp at her Semiahmoo residence July 26. Experts and politicians were in attendance, as well as a few people who were just curious about what this plant can do.
One thing hemp can’t do is get you stoned, unlike its notorious cousin. Formally known as cannabis sativa, hemp is closely related to marijuana but doesn’t cause intoxication when smoked. Instead, it is used in dozens of more practical applications. Its fibers have been used in ropes and textiles for millennia, and modern builders have found innovative ways to use it as a building material. Its seeds are used in foods and pharmaceuticals. Hemp oil is an ideal biofuel, and the plant’s ability to pull toxins out of soil makes it handy for superfund cleanup sites.”
To read the entire article, you can click HERE.
Will Washington State be the next state to enjoy the benefits of a billion dollar crop? I vote yes.