If you are new to the hemp awareness movement, you may be interested to know that Hemp History Week is fast approaching. June 6-12, 2016 will be the seventh year running that hemp enthusiasts from around the country have gathered to share information and celebrate the benefits of one of the most important crops; industrial hemp.

Although currently it is not legal to grow in every state, we at Hemp, Inc. along with the leaders of the National Hemp Association have joined the revolution to bring hemp back to its former glory.

During Hemp History Week the campaign will include grassroots events across the country, nationwide retail promotions, hemp plantings (in some states where hemp farming is legal under Section 7606 of the U.S. Farm Bill), documentary screenings, farmer outreach, and so much more.

From the Hemp History Week website we learn more about the intended focus of the week:

  • Celebrate America’s rich history with industrial hemp before it was outlawed and educate the public about the barriers to hemp farming in the United States.
  • Advocate for a federal policy change while sending a strong, positive message to President Barack Obama and Congress to remove barriers to hemp farming and let farmers grow the versatile and profitable crop.
  • Engage consumers by showcasing the range of hemp products available and the nutritional as well as environmental benefits that they provide.

Learn More About Hemp History Week

Check out some of these early facts about the crop we now have to fight so hard to make legal:

  • Industrial hemp has been grown in the U.S. since the first European settlers arrived in early 1600’s.
  • The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper
  • George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams all grew hemp and actively advocated for commercial hemp production.
  • Hemp was a staple crop of 1800’s American agriculture, reflected in town names like “Hempfield” and “Hempstead.”

However, the history of hemp as a paper product goes back much further than the Declaration of independence. In fact, fragments of paper containing hemp fiber were discovered in a grave in China that dates back to the first century B.C.

There are some interesting stories surrounding the discovery of hemp and the invention of the first hemp paper made in China, which you can find in our free e-book, All About Hemp. It was the Japanese that learned the secret of paper and years later in the 12th Century A.D. the Arabs learned how to produce paper. From there, paper mills sprouted up all over Europe.

Later the Arabs brought hemp from Africa into Spain and other ports of entry on the Mediterranean Sea. Hemp fiber was widely used in the Roman Empire, much of which they imported from Babylonia.

The Romans helped spread hemp through Europe. The Vikings relied on hemp as rope, sailcloth, caulking, fish line and nets on their daring voyages.

Back to today. Starting June 6, you can get involved in the Hemp History Week movement. Show your support for industrial hemp and help Grow Our Future – Get Involved Today!

There are literally thousands of events happening around the country this summer. Click here and check out the event list by entering your zip code and participate in the hemp history week fun.

And remember to register your vote for the legalization of industrial hemp farming. The National Hemp Association is taking a petition before congress July 4. Make sure your voice is heard by clicking here and signing the petition.