Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Cannabis Now Magazine featured the historic first hemp crop grown in the U.S. in decades on the cover of its latest issue. Photographer Kim Sidwell's cover image, showcased in the publication driven to enlighten and educate the public on the legitimate and beneficial side of cannabis, demonstrates a celebration of cannabis’ long demonized cousin and a return of the industrial hemp industry in America.
“It’s all about job creation, that’s the whole point of this industry,” Colorado hemp cultivator Ryan Loflin said. “To get small town America back to having jobs that are profitable. The end result in rural America is going to be pretty outstanding. It has so many uses … everything except glass can be made from hemp, it’s a special crop.”
The latest issue of Cannabis Now also includes an article on hemp plastics and the future of the hemp marketplace in areas such as fashion, topical creams, nutrition and building materials.
During World War II American farmers harvested more than 150,000 acres of hemp promoted by the USDA’s Hemp for Victory propaganda film. Growing hemp was banned in the U.S. in 1957; however, non-psychoactive hemp products have remained available domestically, as the industrial hemp itself is grown and imported from countries where it is legal. A provision included in the passage of this year’s Farm Bill now allows colleges and state agencies to grow hemp for research purposes.
Ed Rosenthal’s Marijuana Growers Handbook clarifies that while hemp is a common name for plants in the entire genus of cannabis, the word typically refers to cannabis strains cultivated for industrial (non-drug) use as they contain minimal amounts of THC.
“Featuring hemp on our cover showcases the return of a fiber truly engrained in fabric of America’s history,” Production Manager Ellen Holland said. “At Cannabis Now Magazine, we promote every aspect of the plant including cannabis as a medicine and hemp for oil and fiber. We push for a full understanding of the cannabis plant.”
Cannabis Now supports Hemp History Week's efforts to advocate for further federal policy change and supports their 2014 campaign "Hemp: It's Time to Grow."
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