Did the Industrial Value of Hemp Spark Cannabis Prohibition?

The legalization of medical and recreational cannabis has received a lot of attention over the past few years, but what most people don’t know is that it may have been industrial hemp that triggered prohibition in the first place. Let's dive into this cannabis "conspiracy theory" to see if it holds weight.

Hemp's Glory Days in History

Hemp stem and fibers

For centuries, hemp has been an extremely valuable crop. The fiber from the outer layers of its stalk was used for all kinds of textiles, papers, ropes, and other versatilve products. It was such an important resource in colonial America that farmers were required to grow it and faced a fine if they did not. In many ways, America was built on hemp.

In the early 20th century, hemp became recognized as a valuable source for far more than just its fiber content. It was discovered that many other parts...

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