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Movie Review: Hemp and the Rule of Law

Posted on April 22, 2005
Hemp and the Rule of Law

Hemp and the Rule of Law

Winston-Salem, North Carolina — Hemp and the Rule of Law, three of four stars. Showing at 3:30 p.m. today (Friday, April 22, 2005) at The Garage and 1:30 p.m. Saturday (April 23, 2005) at the Archives Screening Room, N.C. School of the Arts.

Hemp is considered one of the most useful crops grown. It can be used to make clothing, fiberboard, paper, plastics, skin-care products, cooking oil and even car parts. It doesn’t need herbicides or pesticides.

Tobacco farmers see it as one way to replace the revenue they’ve lost over the years. That is, if they were allowed to grow it.

The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not allow farmers to grow hemp. It categorizes hemp as cannabis, like its cousin marijuana, even though hemp doesn’t contain enough THC to produce a high.

Filmmaker Kevin Balling explores the movement to legalize hemp, and the reluctance of some politicians to do so on the grounds that it might be the first step toward legalizing marijuana.

Balling blends current events with history, creating a fine example of documentary filmmaking in a brisk 55 minute-package.

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