February 10, 2013
Madison NORML Examiner: Need for hemp for wartime rope made Wisconsin farmers defense contractors
Posted by Gary Storck
Sunday, February 10, 2013
A look back at when Wisconsin farmers prospered from hemp cultivation.
The cultivation of hemp dates back to America's earliest settlers and hemp products including rope, paper, canvas helped build America. While the crop fell victim to marijuana prohibition, it was brought back during World War 2 to provide rope for the U.S. Navy.
In Nov. 2012, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64, legalizing marijuana in that state. Amendment 64 also allows the legal cultivation of hemp, pending legislative authorization.
Wisconsin lawmakers have sponsored hemp related bills over the years but because of federal law, any state effort is likely to continue to be symbolic. But clearly, with talk of full legalization widespread after Colorado and Washington voters repealed marijuana prohibition in those states Nov. 6, 2012, hemp offers a huge range of opportunities for business and job creation for hemp producers and the industries that would arise to process the plant, if legal.
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