History of Hemp

History of Hemp

Hemp fibers were founded back 4000 B.C. In 1606 Hemp was first grown in Annapolis Royal (Port-Royal, Acadia 1606), Nova Scotia Canada by Louis Herbert. In 1930, there numerous hemp mills across the country and by 1937 there was an estimate of 25,000 different uses for hemp said the magazine Popular Mechanic’s. Popular Mechanic’s also stated the hemp plant as the next billion-dollar crop. At this time, Henry Ford created a vehicle made from hemp plastic that ran on ethanol. 1938 the Federal Minister of health classify all varieties of cannabis as a regulated substance.  In 1946 the Government lifted the first ban on growing hemp and was encouraging farmers to grow hemp in support of the war. In 1957, the US Government banned hemp once again and still remains illegal in many parts of the United States.

In the early1990s, Martin Moravik started advocacy efforts in Canada. Martin and Alex Chwaiewsky opened a store for a hemp textile during this time in Alberta. In 1998, Hemp was legalized in Canada and was being exported to the United States for hemp food products. The Manitoba Hemp Alliance Successfully secured a government grant to source hemp seed plant and hemp plant trials. Aligned with university students/academics, farmers and local government to begin organization advocacy legalization of Hemp.

It is still illegal to grow hemp in the united stated but hemp products are offered at numerous leading retails and hemp foods are becoming a part of everyday diets and is known as a Super-food. In Canada it is legal to grow hemp however with the very few processing plants there is in in Canada, it makes it nearly impossible for hemp farms to sustain a living by growing hemp especially on the east coast.