While it seems a silly thing to celebrate an event like the anniversary of the beginning of a crusade that deteriorated the health of a civilization, the proclamation must me made. This gathering of likeminded people was more than a celebration it was a stand. Every single person here is a gear in the machine of progress. They are fighters for what is right.
–In the United States, Presidents Washington and Jefferson both grew hemp. In fact, Americans were legally bound to grow hemp during the Colonial Era and Early Republic. In 1937 Congress passed the Marihuana Tax Act which effectively began the era of hemp prohibition. The tax and licensing regulations of the act made hemp cultivation impossible for American farmers. Then came World War II. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor shut off foreign supplies of “manilla hemp” fiber from the Philippines. The USDA produced a film called Hemp For Victory to encourage US farmers to grow hemp for the war effort. The US government formed War Hemp Industries and subsidized hemp cultivation. During the War US farmers grew about a million acres of hemp across the midwest as part of that program. After the war ended, the government quietly shut down all the hemp processing plants and the industry faded away again keeping hemp a schedule one substance till this day.