Industrial Hemp

The Washington State Senate unanimously passed a bill to legalize growing industrial hemp after the House unanimously passed it. While hemp comes from the same family as marijuana, (like a chihuahua and a Great Dane come from the same family). You can't get high from hemp, no matter how much you smoke. You can buy Canadian hemp seeds at Costco, and Canadian nutritious hemp oil from the Yelm Food Co-op, and Chinese made hemp clothes from local stores, now we will be able to grow it.

Once, hemp was Americas largest crop. In WWII we made rope out of it. Our first three presidents, Washington, Jefferson and Adams grew it.  The original Declaration of Independence was written on it.

In Canada growing hemp for hemp oil is an over $1 billion industry. They are so stretched growing it they need help. They don't even use any other part of the plant. Farmers make a $300 an acre profit growing it. The Chinese president visits Chinese farms to encourage farmers to grow hemp for clothing as it uses less water and pesticides than cotton. In Germany BMW uses it for lighter car interiors, and it's used as a building material.

It seems our representatives passed a bill to research giving hemp to commercially grown animals. We need to be able to give hemp mash to chickens to improve their Omega 3 content.

Read Doug Fine's book Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution, or watch him on It's also worth watching the Michael Backes talk on his book, Cannabis Pharmacy, on PirateTV.

Florence Vincent
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