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There is no doubt in our minds that, from the beginning of human existence until 1937, hemp was the most important crop that man used.Food, fuel, clothing, shelter -- all available in a package the size of a peppercorn, which will grow anywhere man can live.
Late 19th & early 20th centuries: Increasing labor costs encouraged a gradual shift away from hemp to cotton, jute, and tropical fibers which were less labor intensive.Japan continued to use hemp throughout thier history.Shinto priests, and royal family wore special hempen clothes.10th Century: A treatise on hunting by Syrian Sid Mohammed El Mangali records hemp's use for game netting, and hemp seeds for bird lime.The United States government has published numerous reports and other documents on hemp dating back to the beginnings of our country.1945: The war ends and so does "Hemp for Victory".Feral hemp, "ditch weed", still lines the back roads, waterways, and irrigation ditches of most Midwestern states, 60 years descended from "Hemp for Victory!Hemp was used in these times in the mid-east as food, lamp oil, paper and medicine.
16th-18th Century: Hemp was a major fiber crop in Russia, Europe and North America.
Hemp was a major crop until the 1920's, supplying the world with its main supply of food and fiber (80% of clothing was made from Hemp).1807: Napoleon signs a Treaty with Russia, which cuts off all legal Russian hemp trade with Britain.
Then The Czar refuses to enforce the Treaty and turns a blind eye to Britain's illegal trade in Hemp.1812 -- 24th June: Napoleon invades Russia aiming to put an end to Britain's main supply of Hemp.
When the US politicians regain some sanity, the queen of crops will return from exile.
8th Century: Japan Princess Shotoku sponsored the first recorded printing in her country using hemp.
That, combined with new technology to fashion paper and plastics from hemp-derived cellulose, gradually breathed new life into the industry.1920-1940: Economic power is consolidated in hands of small number of steel, oil and munitions companies, such as Dupont, which became the US's primary munitions manufacturer.