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A hemp museum

Posted on June 3, 1996

The streets of London, they used to say, were paved with gold. Maybe that is true of the City, the British capital’s financial district, but take a walk five minutes to the east, to Shoreditch, and the surroundings are more mundane.

Hawaiian Industrial Hemp Report

Posted on April 17, 1996

This report was designed to provide some background information and to help generate a public discussion in Hawaii.

Paper without trees

Posted on March 1, 1996

Paper doesn’t grow on trees, according to activist-businessman Paul Stanford. The founder of Tree-Free Ecopaper prefers making paper for printing and writing from high-fiber weeds. Plants such as hemp produce more usable fiber per acre than trees and are naturally pest-resistant. Hemp paper is easily bleached with peroxide instead of chlorine. And because it’s acid-free, the paper doesn’t yellow or crumble for hundreds of years.

Hemp, hemp, hooray!

Posted on March 1, 1996

The Hemp Revolution features interviews with scientists, doctors, environmentalists, forestry officials, and business people in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Nepal, all promoting the legalization of hemp. They explain the plant’s history and its thousands of uses world-wide as a food, fiber, fabric, fuel, paper, and medicine, in addition to a psychoactive drug.

The waving fields of hemp

Posted on February 17, 1996

While Republican presidential contenders have been wooing New Hampshire voters with proofs of their true-blue conservatism, some Republicans in next-door Vermont have been pushing an idea too radical even for liberal Democrats: legalising marijuana. But, like President Clinton in his youth, these particular hemp enthusiasts do not intend to inhale.

Alternative fiber sources for newsprint

Posted on January 20, 1996

After seeing the price of their principal raw material double in the space of two years, it’s no surprise that newspapers are paying attention if not yet money, to businesses that hope to compete with their traditional suppliers of newsprint.

The Hemp Revolution hits the big screen

Posted on January 1, 1996

Emerald fields of cannabis plants — and smoking petrochemical plants. A bearded Californian lifting trays of hemp paper — and an Australian eucalyptus forest decimated for wood pulp. An elderly Nepalese grinning as he exhales a plume of black-hash smoke — and armed narcs kicking in doors while Drug Warriors from Harry Anslinger to George Bush proclaim imminent victory.

Hemp and The New Energy Technologies, Part 2

Posted on January 1, 1996

The fulminating debate over the Hemp Question has polarized between those traditionalists (like the DEA) who maintain that the weed exists exclusively to poison children, and revisionists (like Jack Herer in The Emperor Wears No Clothes), who prophesy that hemp will be the salvation of humanity in the 21st century’s ecological crises.

Hemp and the New Energy Technologies, Part 1

Posted on December 1, 1995

Hemp has been promoted as a promising alternative crop for the future. The federal government institutionalized alternative-crop research and development programs as an integral part of national policy in 1990.

Is grass really greener?

Posted on November 1, 1995

Hemp, also known as Cannabis sativa, marijuana, grass, and by many other names, has not been a legal commercial crop in the United States for almost 60 years (except for a brief exemption during World War II). As common two centuries ago as cotton is today, by the late 1980s industrial hemp was being cultivated in only a few countries, such as China and the disintegrating Soviet Union and its satellites.