Weed Wars

Dispatches from the California Marijuana Front

November 1, 2010
California initiative gives new boost to 'Hemp for Victory'

America's $350 million hemp products industry is watching the outcome of California's Proposition 19 marijuana initiative with both excitement and trepidation - wondering whether legal cannabis in the Golden State will help or hinder political efforts to legalize hemp cultivation in America.

Saturday's story in The Sacramento Bee
offered some perspective on the challenges and ambitions for the industry as it markets products from soap to rope - all made with imported hemp - and tries to reinforce a distinct identity from its psychoactive cannabis cousin, mariijuana.

The last time hemp cultivation flourished in the United States was during World War II when the U.S. Department of Agriculture produced "Hemp for Victory," a news reel calling on "patriotic farmers" to grow hemp to manufacture clothing and products for the war effort. The old film has been widely circulated on the web in recent years.

View it below:

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About Weed Wars

Peter Hecht

From its pot fields to politics, California is the epicenter for America's marijuana discussion. This blog covers news, trends and people of the California marijuana story.

Contact reporter Peter Hecht at phecht@sacbee.com

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