Industrial Hemp vs Marijuana
In more recent times, the United States government created the Marijuana Act of 1937 to control the drug use in the United States by levying a tax on the plants. They combined Hemp with Marijuana in the act and due to perceived competition, the cotton and tobacco industries became major players in shutting down the hemp industry. Hemp made a comeback during World War II and our government promoted the slogan “Hemp for Victory”. American farmers again began to grow hemp for war efforts to make uniforms, canvas and rope. The legality of growing hemp has come and gone over the years. In 1970, it became illegal to grow hemp in the United States, but by 2004, imports of hemp seed and oil for food consumption was allowed again. In 2007, hemp licenses were granted to two farmers in North Dakota. In 2015, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act, which separates industrial hemp from Marijuana, was introduced into legislation and the 2018 Farm Bill now legalizes the (regulated) production of hemp and allows hemp to be grown legally with hemp licenses granted by each state.