Hemp came to America on the Mayflower–woven into the ship's sails and rigging. It covered Conestoga wagons trudging west. According to legend, Betsy Ross stitched it into that famous flag, and Levi Strauss sewed it into the first pair of gold miner's jeans. Hemp was a cash crop for rope, twine, canvas and cellulose in the United States until 1937, when it was outlawed by the federal government, largely because major chemical companies—competing for
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In 1998 Canada lifted it's 60-year ban on the cultivation of hemp and Canada struggling farmers have begun to profit again. Why can't our Government realize that hemp is not a drug, in fact hemp cultivation endangers the purity of marijuana crops. Hemp could drastically increase the income of American farmers, American jobs, and reap federal income through taxes. The answer is simple, if only those on Capitol Hill could see that Hemp must be legalized.