Return to Indiana farmers the right to grow hemp
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Industrial hemp was once a dominant crop on the American landscape. This hardy and renewable resource (one of the earliest domesticated plants known, with roots dating back to the Neolothic Age in China) was refined for various industrial applications, including paper, textiles, and cordage.
Over time, the use of industrial hemp has evolved into an even greater variety of products, including health foods, organic body care, clothing, construction materials, biofuels, plastic composites and more (according to one source, more than 25,000 products can be made from hemp).
In the U.S., the first hemp plantings were in Jamestown, Virginia, where growing hemp was actually mandatory. From then on hemp was used in everything from 19th century clipper ship sails to the covers of pioneer wagons. The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper, and even the finest Bible paper today remains hemp-based.
States around the Country are fully adopting Pilot Programs allowing farmers to grow hemp, as well as manufacturing facilities to process hemp into textiles and products. The forecast for hemp at the Federal level is bright, with many bills to remove hemp from the Controlled Substance Act. The Federal Farm Bill was put into place to begin building this industries infrastructure out properly, and Indiana is a bit behind the curve. While Indiana has made some moves to adopt portions of the Farm Bill, we need the support of our legislators and citizens to continue to develop this industry properly. This is not a movement to legalize medical marijuana, but rather focusing on industrial hemp for textiles and nutraceutical products.
Please take a few seconds to sign this petition so Indiana can catch up to other states in building the hemp infrastructure for our Hoosiers. The economic impact is massive, giving back the power and higher profits to our small farmers.
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