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"We want to give our money to American farmers," says David Bronner, head of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, which uses non-psychoactive hemp in its products. "Why are we continually handing it to Canadians?"
The answer? Because it's illegal to grow hemp in the United States. You can import hemp from other countries, but home-grown hemp - related to marijuana but lacking any ability to get you high - is strictly forbidden in the U.S. Indeed, the feds consider the plant - famously grown by George Washington and one of the most versatile natural substances known to mankind - the equivalent of its euphoria-inducing relative, marijuana.
Bronner supports lifting the ban on growing industrial hemp inside the United States. He was recently arrested outside the White House after protesting the current policy by locking himself in a metal cage with hemp plants. He sat down with Reason's Mike Riggs to discuss his arrest, the industrial applications of hemp, and the paths to legalization.
The madness of the industrial hemp ban in the U.S. is plainly evident for any logical person to see; no matter what your feelings about marijuana legalization, there is no reason to support hemp prohibition.
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