The United States is the LARGEST importer of industrial hemp – in the WORLD.
The 1938 issue of Popular Mechanics touted hemp as the next billion (billion, with a B) dollar crop.
“AMERICAN farmers are promised a new cash crop with an annual value of several hundred million dollars, all because a machine has been invented which solves a problem more than 6,000 years old. It is hemp, a crop that will not compete with other American products.
Instead, it will displace imports of raw material and manufactured products produced by underpaid coolie and peasant labor and it will provide thousands of jobs for American workers throughout the land.”
I find it interesting, while looking at today’s economy and the huge market for hemp products, that we, the United States, cannot grow a crop due to prohibition. The United States imports approximately $400,000,000 annually (and growing) in hemp products, mainly from Canada and China.
It makes sense to me, then, that this cash crop SHOULD be grown in the U.S. Hemp farming will create JOBS and will certainly boost the economy, especially since more consumers are turning toward healthier and green products.
Not only would hemp farming boost our economy, it would help our environment as well by cleaning the air and revitalizing and healing the soil.
Let’s make our voices heard. WE want to grow hemp, for our economy, our health, our environment!