We’re just not going to take it anymore.
After nearly an entire decade since hemp was outlawed in the US, it seems the American people have finally had enough.
Despite robbing likely billions of dollars from the economy and creating layers of bureaucratic headaches, the archaic federal laws are now being defied by more and more states including, most recently, Wisconsin.
Indeed, on Thursday Governor Scott Walker quietly signed a bill allowing farmers in Wisconsin to start growing and producing hemp again.
Honored to have @GovWalker sign @SenatorTestin & my #FarmFreedomAct into law. Act 100 will serve as a catalyst for new careers & rural hi-tech manufacturing for WI farmers & entrepreneurs! #AmericasHempland #GrownInWI #MadeInWI
— Rep. Jesse Kremer (@RepJesseKremer) December 1, 2017
The bill actually passed with unanimous support from the legislature, reiterating how eager the state is to reclaim what was once a a cash crop for them.
“The rest of the country is on notice,” said Ken Anderson, a producer of hemp seeds and grain, “We used to lead the country in industrial hemp production and we will again. I think Wisconsin is going to show America how hemp is done.”
As reported by The Free Thought Project:
“The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 marked the beginning of the end for the growth of marijuana in the United States.
“An extremely high tax was placed on marijuana; making it nearly impossible to grow industrial hemp.
“However, Congress expected the production of industrial hemp to continue, but the Federal Bureau of Narcotics then lumped industrial hemp in with marijuana.
“Keeping in line with the tyranny of hemp prohibition, the US Drug Enforcement Administration continues the ban today.”
Wisconsin has joined at least 30 states who’ve legalized hemp production, an urgent change for a profitable product that can be used for a seemingly infinite number of applications.
Hemp can be used in food products, to create various materials, including clothing, paper, and plastic composites.
According to Hemp Industries Association (HIA), in 2014 hemp had a total retail value of $620 million in the US alone—but only after being imported from other countries where the commodity can be legally produced.