November 19, 2014

Farming hemp: it’s everything. Oil, protein, fibre, animal bedding, concrete, fuel . . .

The Western Producer
Yesterday was a cheerful day at the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance annual conference here in Winnipeg.

It’s often cheery and positive at this conf in recent years, but I remark on the optimistic tone because hemp, more than almost any other crop on the Canadian Prairies, has had a rocky birth, rebirth, second death and second resurrection. It was originally banned in the early 20th century because of its dope-producing qualities, then came back in the 1990s, when low-THC varieties and lots of work allowed commercial hemp to be grown without the danger of crossing the two worlds of commercial crop and criminal underworld.

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