In 2010 retail sales of hemp in the U.S. were $400,000,000, and in 2011 reached nearly $420,000,000. Between 2005-2008 sales of hemp food and hemp enhanced foods increased over 40% each year.
2011 saw Ron Paul introducing H.R. 1831, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011. This was the fourth time since hemp prohibition that a bill was introduced to remove the restrictions on hemp growing and cultivation.
U.S. companies that manufacture or sell products made with hemp include Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, a California company that manufactures the number-one-selling natural soap in the U.S. as well as best-selling hemp food manufacturers, such as French Meadow Bakery, Living Harvest, Manitoba Harvest, Nature’s Path, Nutiva and Sequel Naturals who make their products from hemp grown in Canada. Sustainable hemp seed, fiber and oil are also used by major companies such as Ford Motors, Patagonia and The Body Shop. (hempfarm.org)
“”Public support for industrial hemp farming is growing in leaps and bounds in the U.S.” explains Steenstra.” (Vote Hemp President Eric Steenstra)
In the 1800s hemp was an important crop for America. It continued to see growth and expansion until the prohibition in the 1930s. The 1937 Marijuana Tax Act classified hemp as a narcotic; hemp farmers had to have a special tax stamp and federal registration. Contrary to popular belief, this does not make hemp farming in the U.S. illegal; the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, however, made it illegal to grow hemp without the proper permits from the DEA, which very stubbornly refuses to give out the required permits to those who want to grow industrial hemp commercially.
U.S. companies are importing huge amounts of industrial hemp seed from Canada, and are using it in food products, and much more. The market for hemp products is growing yearly, as consumers are turned toward more healthy, environmentally responsible foods, health products, clothing, housing, and much more.
Hemp farming has been banned in the U.S. for nearly 75 years. It is time to allow our farmers to grow hemp.