In short, hemp was declared illegal because it was guilty by association, the victim of a war against its identical twin. And while the War on Drugs may seem a world far from the advances that are being made through federal hemp policy and state marijuana laws, the federal ban on marijuana continues. To make it even more difficult to grow hemp, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970 placed hemp in the same category as marijuana. According to Purdue University, the CSA named hemp a Schedule 1 controlled substance because it is a derivative of cannabis, classifying it along with illicit drugs such as heroin and ecstasy.
The CSA did not directly ban hemp for industrial purposes, but instead required producers to obtain a permit from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The Hemp Industries Association has also named this law as the beginning of the ban on hemp, as the law made it difficult for farmers to produce hemp. Outside of prohibitive legislation, corporate interests have influenced the ban on hemp. The DEA, in this recognition, explained that hemp includes both hemp plants and cannabidiol, which contain no more than.
There are also several carbon copies, and one of them was added Cannabis Indica (hemp from India) or hashish. When Parliament decided to add marijuana to the list of banned drugs that year, Canada became one of the first countries to declare smoking marijuana illegal. Hemp, unlike marijuana, is cultivated for its fibers and health-beneficial compounds called cannabinoids. Conspiracy theorists believe that these industries funded disinformation campaigns to open a path for these new technologies to replace hemp.
Although hemp offered enormous economic value, there was nothing that could be done to overturn the 1937 ruling. And while legal issues remain (especially with respect to consumer products containing cannabinoids derived from hemp), hemp is increasingly familiar to regulatory authorities and society at large. Unfortunately, despite the clear distinction between marijuana and hemp, the propaganda of the 1930s still has a strong point in people's views on hemp. After 1937, hemp could only be cultivated if you were lucky enough to be issued special government tax stamps.
The ban on hemp can be seen in the language of the CSA, which names marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled substance, meaning that it has no medical purpose and is very likely to be abused. In fact, he was so threatened by hemp that he published artificial articles in his newspapers, telling stories about the dangers of cannabis.
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