Fabrics hemp legalization

Published on May 25th, 2013 | by Becky Striepe

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Is Hemp Legalization in the U.S. Coming Soon?

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Hemp legalization is closer to becoming a reality for U.S. farmers!

If you’ve been a reader here for a while, you probably know how I feel about hemp. Hemp makes durable, beautiful fabric from a plant that – unlike conventional cotton – uses few pesticides and little water to grow.  Hemp is also not genetically modified, which means that when you use hemp fabric, you’re not putting money into Monsanto’s pockets.

Senator Ron Wyden introduced an amendment to the Farm Bill last week that would allow farmers to grow industrial hemp. While hemp is related to marijuana, industrial hemp plants do not contain THC. You can’t smoke hemp. I mean, I guess you could, but you wouldn’t get high, and I bet you’d get a bit of a headache.

This isn’t the first talk of adding hemp legalization to the Farm Bill, and what’s exciting about this amendment is that it is getting bipartisan support. Wyden is a Democrat, but Republicans Rand Paul and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are also co-sponsoring the bill. As anyone who follows the news knows, the key to getting anything passed right now is bipartisan support, and the bills that receive it are few and far between.

Right now, all of the hemp fabric sold here in the U.S. is imported from Canada or China, which is completely bananas. Allowing domestic hemp production would be good for farmers, good for consumers, and good for the environment.

I originally learned about this amendment on Wednesday night’s episode of The Colbert Report, and the segment was so hilarious (and informative!), that I couldn’t resist sharing it here:

What do you think about hemp legalization? If you live in the U.S., would you seek out American-grown hemp for your sewing projects?

Image Credit: Creative Commons Hemp photo by emily.laurel504

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Hi there! I'm Becky Striepe, a green crafter and vegan foodie living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and two cats. My mission is to make eco-friendly crafts and vegan food accessible to anyone who wants to give them a go. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • http://www.sympaticoclothing.com/ Sympatico

    The federal government continues to ban cultivation of industrial hemp because of the infinitesimal quantities of THC it contains. The logic is flawed and is equivalent to banning poppy seeds because they contain tiny amounts of the opiate found in opium and heroin. Smoking industrial hemp will produce a headache—not a high. In our business we reluctantly use fabric imported from China that contains hemp—currently the only viable source. And apparel is just one of hundreds of uses for hemp and its seeds. Permitting hemp cultivation in the U.S. would offer a viable crop to our farmers that requires no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. We’ve posted an article about this issue at http://www.sympaticoclothing.com/hemp-legality.html

  • http://ecolocalizer.com/author/rhondawinter/ rhonda winter

    This legislation is long overdue and much needed. We have been looking to buy hemp insulation, which does not mold, and is totally sustainable, but we have only been able to find it for sale in Canada and Europe. That is just nuts.

    • http://glueandglitter.com/main Becky Striepe

      I agree, Rhonda! It makes no sense.

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