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Some Interesting Facts On Hemp

Posted on January 1, 1997
  • The original heavy-duty, Levi pants that were made for the California 49’ers were made of hempen sailcloth and rivets. This way the pockets would not rip when filled with gold.
  • Benjamin Franklin started one of America’s first paper mills with cannabis hemp. This allowed America to have a free colonial press without having to beg for paper or books from England.
  • In 1619, America’s first hemp law was enacted at Jamestown colony “ordering” all farmers to grow Indian hemp seed. Similarly, mandatory hemp cultivation laws were enacted in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and in the Chesapeake colonies into the mid-1700’s.
  • There are over eleven towns and cities in America named Hempstead.
  • George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew cannabis hemp on their plantations, Jefferson while envoy in France, went to great expense–and even considerable risk–to produce good hemp seeds smuggled out of China.
  • In 1942, after the invasion of the Philippines cut off the supply of Manila hemp, the US government distributed 400,000 pounds of cannabis hemp seeds to American farmers who in turn produced 42,000 tons of fiber for the war effort until 1946.