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Industrial Hemp
[ The ancient Chinese symbol for hemp  is 4,700 years old, and shows the male and female forms in a drying shed for fiber use ]
One of the Oldest Industries in the World

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Industrial Hemp  •Presenting the Past  •Revealing the Present  •Creating the Future


"Over 25,000 products can be manufactured from [Industrial] hemp, from cellophane to dynamite."
Popular Mechanics, 1938

Industrial Hemp Poster
The Many Uses of Industrial Hemp


Hemp Werx
"Advocating the American Industrial Hemp Industry"

Industrial hemp means the plant Cannabis sativa L.
and any part of such plant, whether growing or not,
with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration
that does not exceed 0.3 percent on a dry
weight basis.


 "haven't you heard it's a battle of words the poster bearer cried"
Pink Floyd/Dark Side of the Moon/Us and Them

DEA Clarifies Status of Hemp
"The remainder of the plant — stalks and sterilized seeds — is what some people refer to as 'hemp.'
However, "hemp" is not a term that is found in federal law."



Saturday, May 14, 2011

Site Archive of H.R. 1866 Industrial Hemp Farming Act 2009

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2009 (H.R. 1860) withered with lack of support but Ron Paul (R-Texas) has not given up the cause by introducing, H.R. 1830 Industrial Hemp Farming Act 2011, which again calls for a legal definition of "industrial hemp" (Cannabis Sativa L.).

The reason industrial hemp is illegal for American farmers to cultivate is because Cannabis Sativa L. (Industrial Hemp) is defined in the same category as Cannabis Sativa C.. Cannabis Sativa C. is defined as "marihuan' (marijuna) which is categorized as a Schedule 1 drug.

Maybe the D.E.A. needs to employ a botanist?


For the sake of posterity, this is the archive of H.R. 1866 as it was posted on our site:

H. R. 1866
Industrial Hemp Farming Act 2009

To amend the Controlled Substances Act
To exclude Industrial Hemp from the definition of Marihuana
And for Other Purposes.

Exclusion of Industrial Hemp From Definition of Marihuana
paragraph (16) of Section 102 of the Controlled Substance Act
21 U.S.C. 802 (16) is amended--
(1) by striking '(16)' at the beginning and inserting '(16)' (A); and

(2) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
‘(B) The term ‘marihuana’ does not include industrial hemp.
As used in the preceding sentence, the term ‘industrial hemp’ means
the plant Cannabis sativa L.
and any part of such plant, whether growing or not,
with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration
that does not exceed 0.3 percent on a dry
weight basis.’

The remainder of the plant — stalks and sterilized seeds — is what some people refer to as “hemp.”
However, "hemp" is not a term that is found in federal law. ...
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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Hemp Werx Establishes An Industrial Hemp Newspaper

Hemp History Week, which was May 2-8 (2011), has been very stimulating to the advocacy of Industrial Hemp. Through out the week many political and business blogs have featured articles regarding the subject and Hemp Werx decided to join the fray by creating the, Hemp Gazette.

The Hemp Gazette will feature past and present news articles regarding the advocacy, education and current political stances on Industrial Hemp. It will also feature original articles based on the research here at Hemp Werx. It's a nifty site with all the social "bells & whistles" to make it easy to share on sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Digg and every other button that was available!

Hemp Werx looks forward to continue participating in the advocacy, education and research of hemp for industrial purposes, now we just have an "official" news publication to promote our endeavours.

Here is the link to the, Hemp Gazette. (link will open in a new tab)

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Hemp Werx Celebrates Hemp Week

May 2-8 (2011) is [Industrial] Hemp History Week.

Hemp History Week reminded me that I've neglected the Hemp Werx site, which began on January, 20, 2009. Hemp History Week did not exist then and with this being the second annual event, I would like to feel a great amount of progress has been made on reviving the world's oldest industry here in the United States, Industrial Hemp.

Hemp is part of the Cannabaceae flowering plant family known as, Cannabis Sativa. Within that category exist Cannabis sativa C. and Cannabis sativa L. 

Industrial Hemp is the oldest industry in the world along with pottery. 

Industrial hemp means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration that does not exceed 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.
As defined by the H.R. 1866 Industrial Hemp Farming Act 2009.


Industrial Hemp is illegal because of the lack of proper definition by the Drug Enforcement Agency. 

Because the term "hemp" or "industrial hemp" is not even recognized as distinct word by the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) as it is classified/categorized as marihuana
--However, “hemp” is not a term that is found in federal law.-- D.E.A.

“Hemp” and marijuana are actually separate parts of the species of plant known as cannabis. Under federal law, Congress defined marijuana to focus on those parts of the cannabis plant that are the source of tetrahydrocannabinols (THC). THC is the hallucinogenic substance in marijuana that causes the psychoactive effect or “high.” The marijuana portions of the cannabis plant include the flowering tops (buds), the leaves, and the resin of the cannabis plant. The remainder of the plant — stalks and sterilized seeds — is what some people refer to as “hemp.”  [D.E.A. source link]

The United States of America is the largest importer of raw hemp in the world, but yet it is not legal to grow by U.S.A. farmers. It is not considered a "viable cash crop" by the U.S.D.A. (Unites States Department of Agriculture)

Potential yields and processing methods, along with farmer costs and returns, are important considerations when evaluating industrial hemp as a potential U.S. crop. Revenue is dependent on yields and market prices -- Overall, it seems questionable that U.S. producers could remain profitable at the low end of the estimated net returns. In addition, given the thinness of the current U.S. hemp fiber market, any overproduction could lead to lower prices and lost profitability. [article source-PDF]

The United States is the only industrialized nation that currently does not allow the growing of hemp. Hemp is so valuable that it is now subsidized in every European country; a viable cash crop even if grown on depleted land, between crop seasons or sown to enrich the soil of fallow land. It was a major American cash crop until just before the Great Depression.

"Today we have a crisis of farm foreclosures, but hemp is banned here."

According to a 2006 report released by the Fuel and Fiber Company, a national group promoting the growing of hemp from Arizona, legalizing the plant could create 1,700 to 4,200 new jobs. Farmers would also benefit. They could profit $50 to $500 dollars an acre. [artcle link]



By legalizing Industrial Hemp, the United States of America can create jobs, generate a new tax revenue and finally step into the global market from which it currently rates as the, largest importer  of raw hemp material. The effects of allowing American farmers and related business (such as machinery) to participate in the world wide Hemp industry would be progress. A progress that has been officially stopped since August 2,1937 when the Marihuana Tax Act was passed.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

10 Year Anniversary of USDA Report on Industrial Hemp

The last USDA status report about the potential for industrial hemp as an economically viable alternative crop for American farmers was conducted in January of 2000, and here is what it summized:

"Industrial hemp has been the focus of official interest in several States. However, hemp and marijuana are different varieties of Cannabis sativa, which is classified as a controlled substance in the United States. With Canada now allowing hemp production, questions have been raised about the demand for hemp products. U.S. markets for hemp fiber (specialty textiles, paper, and composites) and seed (in food or crushed for oil) are, and will likely remain, small, thin markets. Uncertainty about long run demand for hemp products and the potential for oversupply discounts the prospects for hemp as an economically viable alternative crop for American farmers."

The Hemp Werx Research Department has decided to undergo our own study of the Indsustrial Hemp industry for the past 10 years and see if we can give the United States Agricultural Department any new advise on whether, Industrial Hemp, is a "viable alternative crop for American farmers."

The United States of America is the largest importer of refined hemp products for industrial and consumer use. The largest importer because it's raw production is illegal in America. Or is it?

We look forward to living up to our mission statement of "Presenting the Past, Revealing the Present and Creating the Future" of Industrial Hemp and it's advocacy of giving the American Farmer a choice to decide whether or not it's a "viable alternative crop".

[USDA Article Link]

Fri, April 2, 2010 | link          Comments

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Hemp Werx Blog
Hemp is a matter of vital importance to the State; the province of life or death; the road to survival or ruin. It is mandatory that it be thoroughly studied.
[Sun Tzu on hemp from: Art of War-Estimates vs.1]
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About Industrial Hemp

  • Industrial Hemp is Cannabis Sativa L. It's THC content is .3% or less on a dry weight basis.
  • Hemp or Cannabis, is among the oldest industries, going back to the beginnings of pottery.
  • The word canvas means, made of hemp. The first pair of Levi's made, were made of canvas

  • Hemp seeds are a complete, digestible, plant-based protein source containing all ten essential amino acids. Compared to soy, hemp does not contain enzyme inhibitors and phytates, so the nutrients in hemp can be easily absorbed by the body. It is also free of the allergy causing components found in soy and  dairy. Hemp is an ideal protein alternative

  • Hemp fiber is very strong and has absorbent, insulative properties.  In China, the fiber from hemp is widely used to make socks and bulletproof clothes as well as top-grade suits

  • Hemp as a biomass fuel producer requires the least specialized growing and processing procedures 

  • Hemp can be grown organically. Only eight, out of about one hundred known pests, cause problems, and hemp is most often grown without herbicides, fungicides or pesticides. Hemp is also a natural weed suppressor due to fast growth of the canopy


  • Hemp produces more pulp per acre than timber on a sustainable basis, and can be used for every quality of paper. Hemp paper can be recycled up to seven times

  • Hemp fiberboard produced was found to be twice as strong as wood-based fiberboard.
    [ also see: HEMPCRETE: ]

  • Hemp can replace most toxic petrochemical products. Research is being done to use hemp in manufacturing biodegradable plastic products: plant-based cellophane, recycled plastic mixed with hemp for injection-molded products. Hemp oil was used in varnishes until 1937

  • The United States of America is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not produce industrial hemp. Hemp can be successfully grown in all 50 States


  • The United States of America imports more industrial hemp and hemp products than any other nation in the world

The 1942 Film: Hemp For Victory

Movie: Hemp For Victory!
Director: Raymond Evans
Sponsor: US Department of Agriculture
Audio/Visual: sound, b&w

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Henry Ford's Hemp Car 1941

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