Source: MintPressNews :
MINNEAPOLIS — Hemp’s had a role in almost every chapter of American history:
It was illegal for early colonists of Jamestown to not grow hemp. Our founding fathers were enthusiastic hemp farmers. The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper.
When Americans moved west, they took hemp-covered wagons onto new frontiers. And when the Gold Rush hit, the 49ers wore Levi’s hemp dungarees as they sought their fortunes.
In 1938, Popular Mechanics named it America’s “New Billion-Dollar Crop.” Noting its many uses and how easy farmers find it to grow, the magazine added: “It can be grown in any state of the union.”
Yet it wasn’t long before this last fact was no longer true.
Hemp and marijuana are different varieties of the same species of plant, cannabis Sativa L. And they’re grown for different purposes: “Marijuana is the flowering tops and leaves of psychoactive varieties of Cannabis that are grown for their high THC content,” according to Vote Hemp. “Hemp … is the low-THC oilseed and fiber varieties of Cannabis, which is grown for their seeds and fiber.”