If you were an early American colonist and Jamestown farmer in the 1600’s, you would have been required by law to grow hemp simply because the world was being commanded by large fleets of ships, and those ships needed hemp rope and sails.
Thomas Jefferson, the author of our Declaration of Independence was a hemp farmer, the document itself was written on hemp paper, and so was the U.S. Constitution.
It’s clear America’s roots run deep with hemp. It’s been a source for parchment, rope to rig merchant and military ships, and linen to make clothes, flags, and more. Plus, you can eat hemp. You can wear hemp. You can make fuel and feed out of hemp, and it doesn’t require irrigation or pesticides.
Yet, today the United Stated imports $500 million in products made from industrial hemp simply because US hemp has unjustly found itself listed as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act even though it has no psychoactive properties.
From field to flag: Hemp is as American as it gets.
Harvesting Liberty was made to address the current status of industrial hemp in the US.
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All Photos Taken by Donnie Hedden