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History of Hemp in Early United States

 Why was hemp originally abolished in the United States of America? 

 It’s 1933 and The United States of America is in the heights of The Great Depression. Financial security in the economy and banks at an all time low, something certainly needed to be done. With lots of changes to grow to become a global leader in many ways as it is today, policymakers proceeded to support the growth of the cotton tobacco and lumber industry. Caught in the mix of cotton, Tobacco and lumber there was hemp. A more durable textile material unfortunately, The Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 forced other businesses to find different ways to keep themselves afloat during The Great Depression, unfortunately starting early as 1906 established communities, businesses and entities then proceeded to politicize their market competitors wrongfully to eliminate the competition without breaking the law. Many used their own agenda to promote propaganda against the competition, creating a mass hysteria amongst the general public. Where did these ideas come to mind in such a small world compared to modern days mass communication platforms? That same year The Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1906 listed cannabis as an intoxicant. Media then used that to snowball the effect, backed by many supporters of wealth trying to continue sustaining generational wealth. Can I blame them? Not necessarily, but I’m sure if they understood the prolonged and profound effects I’m sure more would’ve thought more about it. The efforts continued to make progress shortly thereafter resulting in The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 that placed a prohibitive tax on marihuana including hemp. The world then followed, continuing onto The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 yes some states now have their own laws and regulations regarding both hemp and marijuana. I can’t even fathom the idea of the drawbacks both the cost and research that we missed out on doing such things even to this day. To end on a positive note I’m glad to be a part of history and watch the tides change bringing better horizons. The newfound benefits bringing humanity a better way of life in many ways especially with hemp no longer being a forgotten resource. 
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