Avoiding Confusion amongst Hemp and the Cannabis Plant

It requires some know-how for avoiding confusion amongst hemp and the cannabis plant. Hemp/industrial hemp and marijuana are two distinct varieties of the very same plant species. Hemp is a fiber crop. Marijuana is a drug crop. Even so, these definitions have turn out to be confused in the final 60 years. Not too long ago, a movement has begun to distinguish the terms once more. It is vital to comprehend the history of usage of these terms in order to eradicate the confusion.

1600-1930s Hemps Extended History in North America

The word hemp has been in the English language for more than 800 years. The word marijuana is only 100 years old. From the very first settling of North America till the 1930s, hemp was the most popular term for Cannabis sativa fiber crops. Marijuana was by no means employed to describe hemp fiber crops, which have been grown for canvas, rope, fuel oil, and paper. Hemp fiber crops have been historically low THC and totally non-psychoactive.

1930s-1940s Marijuana tax Act confuses Hemp and Marijuana

In the 1930s, the psychoactive (higher-THC) range of cannabis sativa, imported from Mexico, became popular in the southern U.S. It was referred to as marijuana, a word popularized via the Reefer Madness campaign, to distinguish it from the hemp fiber crops (which no one particular ever smoked). In 1937, the passage of the Marijuana tax Act hopelessly confused the terms hemp and marijuana. For the very first time, Congress defined these distinct varieties of Cannabis sativa as becoming the very same. What had been frequently identified as hemp was now marijuana.

1950s Hemp Crops Come to be Extinct

In 1957, the final hemp fiber crop was harvested in the U.S. Since low-THC Cannabis sativa fiber crops have been now extinct, the word hemp dropped out of use and was forgotten.

1960s Marijuana Legalization Movement Starts

In the 1960s, the psychoactive range of cannabis sativa ( marijuana) became common amongst the counter-culture. The movement to legalize marijuana in the 1960s and 1970s did not use the term hemp to describe marijuana.

1985 Hemp/ Marijuana Movement Starts

In 1985, the word hemp re-surfaced in the book The Emperor Wears No Clothing by Jack Herer. This book uncovered details that had been lost for virtually 40 years about hemps historical utilizes as a fiber crop. The book also touted hemp as a option to contemporary environmental issues.

Since The Emperor was targeted at a marijuana movement and due to the fact it was not extensively identified that low-THC varieties of hemp existed in Europe and Asia, it was believed that marijuana have to be legalized to permit industrial utilizes of hemp. And mainly because it was the environmentalists and the counter-culture that started advertising hemp as an option fiber crop, they have been not taken seriously.

1989 European Farmers Develop Hemp

In Europe, some nations (like France and Spain) had by no means stopped generating hemp. In 1989, the European Financial Neighborhood created guidelines to govern hemp production that applied to all its member nations. The EEC defined registered seed varieties for low THC hemp and solutions for testing hemp for THC content material.

1993-1994 England and Canada Develop Hemp

In 1993, England officially recognized the distinction amongst hemp and marijuana, to make its farmers competitive in the EEC. In 1994, Canada, seeing competitors from Europe, permitted hemp production.

1994 Kentucky Appoints Hemp Activity Force

In November of 1994, the Governor of Kentucky, seeing competitors from Canada and Europe, appointed a Activity Force to study the industrial possibilities of hemp in his state.

1994-1995 Hemp/Industrial Hemp Movement Starts in U.S.

For the very first time, farmers, producers, processors, and agricultural researchers in North America started to take a really serious appear at hemp as an agricultural crop and option fiber. As nicely, the hemp environmentalists inside the marijuana movement see that registered seed varieties exist to distinguish hemp from marijuana. This diverse coalition starts utilizing the word industrial hemp (or basically hemp) to refer exclusively to low-THC non-psychoactive varieties of Cannabis sativa. The purpose of the industrial hemp movement is to permit reputable production of hemp fiber crops and to discover the environmental positive aspects of hemp as an option fiber, pulp, and oil supply.

1995 Colorado Senator Introduces Hemp Legislation

In January 1995, Senator Lloyd Casey (D-Northglenn), produced Colorado the very first state to try to define hemp/industrial hemp as distinct type marijuana when he introduced the Hemp Production Act. However, this bill was killed in Committee due to objections from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Oct. 1995 North American Industrial Hemp Council Formed

In October 1995, the steering committee of the North American Industrial Hemp Council produced industrial hemp an totally distinct situation, separate from the legalization of marijuana.

1996 Colorado and Vermont Introduce Hemp Legislation

Legislators in two states introduced industrial hemp legislation, Sen. Lloyd Casey (D) from Colorado and Rep. Fred Maslack (R) from Vermont.


A robust coalition of diverse organizations now supports Industrial hemp, which includes:

  • American Farm Bureau federation (four.six million member)
  • Colorado Farm Bureau
  • Colorado Division of Agriculture
  • Colorado State Grange
  • Kentucky Farm Bureau
  • Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative
  • Wisconsin Agribusiness Council
  • Wisconsin Division of Agriculture
  • International Paper Business
  • Bolton Emerson Americas
  • Colorado Environmental Coalition
  • Oregon All-natural Sources Council
  • HIA ( Hemp Industries Association)
  • North American Industrial Hemp Council

Final Summary

Most, if not all of these groups have particularly stated that they are opposed to the legalization of marijuana. They comprehend the distinction amongst hemp/industrial hemp and marijuana and that hemp/industrial hemp can be grown safely with out affecting marijuana laws, production, or use.