American History and Future: Hemp Bound

“The billion-dollar plant that’s going to change our diet and farms, help restore our soil, and wean us from petroleum.

Turns out your roommate with the lava lamp was right. Get ready for the game changing plant that’s going to feed the world and free us from fossil fuels while putting small farmers back to work. Yes, a writer of Doug Fine’s renown realized going in that the stat sheet on hemp sounded almost too good: its fibers are among the planet’s strongest, its seed oil the most nutritious, and its potential as an energy source vast and untapped? But he’s just researched it from the field, and guess what? It’s all true. In fact he’s uncovered new locavore energy application models that could and should change the energy economy (and improve the atmosphere) forever.
Hemp’s one downside? For nearly a century, it’s been effectively illegal to grow industrial cannabis in the United States—even though Betsy Ross wove the nation’s first flag out of hemp fabric, Thomas Jefferson composed the Declaration of Independence on it, and colonists could pay their taxes with it. But as the prohibition on hemp’s psychoactive cousin winds down, one of humanity’s longest-utilized plants is about to be reincorporated into the American economy. Get ready for the newest billion-dollar industry.”