Published on Hemp Highway of Kentucky
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It is one of the cornerstone stories of the hemp movement, how the United States government encouraged farmers to grow hemp just 5 years after basically killing the crop during the “Reefer Madness” scares of the 1930’s. The Marijuana Tax Act was passed in 1937, severely restricting the domestic hemp industry. By 1942 the United States has been drawn into World War Two and the government is encouraging industrial hemp production as a material of war. The United States Department of Agriculture goes so far as to produce the film “Hemp for Victory” to attract and retrain farmers in how to raise hemp.
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