October 6, 2014

Before it was legal: Hemp farmer’s fight to grow crop draws admiration

The Cannabist
Alex White Plume is an elder of the Oglala Lakota tribe and an icon of the contemporary American industrial hemp movement.
Due to civil action by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. District Attorney, White Plume is now barred for life by the federal government from cultivating and processing hemp. But this Indian farmer once hoped that the crop would save his family from a lifetime of poverty and violence — the daily reality for people on his tribe’s Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

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