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1700s
American farmers are required by law to grow hemp in Virginia and other colonies.
1776
The Declaration of Independence is drafted on hemp paper.
1797
The U.S.S. Constitution is outfitted with 60 tons of hemp sails and rigging.
1790s
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, our founding fathers, grow hemp and extol its benefits.
1840
Abraham Lincoln uses hemp seed oil to fuel his household lamps.
1890- 1940s
USDA Chief Botanist, Lyster Dewey, grows five varieties of hemp at Arlington Farms in Virginia, the current site of the Pentagon.
1916
USDA Bulletin No. 404 shows that hemp produces four times more paper per acre than do trees.
1938
Popular Mechanics article “New Billion Dollar Crop” explains that new developments in processing technology could use hemp to manufacture over 25,000 different products, “from cellophane to dynamite.”
1942
Henry Ford builds an experimental car body made with hemp fiber, which is ten times stronger than steel.
1942- 1946
American farmers from Kentucky to Maine to Wisconsin harvest over 150,000 acres of hemp through the USDA’s Hemp for Victory program.
1957
Hemp is last grown in the U.S. due to government confusion over hemp and drug varieties of the plant, while new government incentives for industry replace natural fibers with plastics, ultimately bankrupting key hemp processors.
1998
The U.S. begins to import food-grade hemp seed and oil.
2000- 2010
New processing technologies arise to commercialize “cottonized” hemp, hemp concrete, high-tech hemp composites and other novel hemp applications.
2004
Ninth Circuit Court decision in Hemp Industries Association vs. DEA permanently protects sales of hemp foods and body care products in the U.S.
2005
A bill is introduced in the U.S. Congress for the first time to allow states to regulate hemp farming, but to date no committee hearing or floor vote has taken place.
2007
The first hemp licenses in over 50 years are granted to two North Dakota farmers.
2010
HIA uncovers diaries and photographs of the USDA’s Chief Botanist Lyster Dewey, who grew 5 varieties of hemp on the current site of the Pentagon.
2010
Rep. Ron Paul makes Congressional statement in support of Hemp History Week.
2010
1st Annual Hemp History Week produces 200 events in 32 states exposing 100,000 people to hemp and the cause.
2011
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) introduces H.R. 1831, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act, in the House of Representatives.
2012
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduces S. 3501, the Senate companion bill to H.R. 1831.
2013
Ryan Loflin, CO, plants and harvests hemp, making headlines as the ‘first’ hemp farmer in decades – after Colorado legalizes cannabis and defines Industrial Hemp in 2012.
2014
President Obama signs the Federal Farm Bill with hemp amendment, section 7606, allowing states with hemp legislation in place to grow hemp for research.
2014
Six new states pass hemp legislation making 17 states who can grow hemp under section 7606 of the 2014 Federal Farm Bill and 26 states who have passed or introduced, with strong momentum, pro-hemp legislation to date.
2014
Kentucky and Vermont grow hemp under section 7606 of the 2014 Federal Farm Bill, not without government complications.
2014
Eight Hemp Industries Association State Chapters are founded: Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine Nebraska, New York, Tennessee, and Washington.