“Plans are afoot for a great expansion of the hemp industry.” So proclaimed the Department of Agriculture in its rousing 1942 movie, “Hemp for Victory”, which urged farmers to rally to the cause.
“American farmers would love to grow hemp,” proclaims The Economist. “North Dakota, which in 1999 became the first state to allow industrial hemp farming, has taken the lead. This week two farmers from Iowa filed a lawsuit to force the DEA to issue permits to grow hemp; the farmers had applied for permits back in February, thus far to no avail. Ron Paul, a Texas congressman and presidential candidate, could win over farmers in Iowa because of his pro-hemp lobbying. In February he introduced a bill in Congress that would allow Americans to grow it.”4:11 pm on June 21, 2007 Email Eric Garris