Hemp History

Why Hemp History Matters



Gourmet Hemp Foods LLC was born from its founders' passions for the hemp movement and its forgotten American legacy. After they both read Jack Herer's, 'Emperor Wears No Clothes,' they knew they had to do their part to restore America's past as a hemp producing nation.

The following article on celebstoner.com highlights Joe's discoveries within the National Archives at College Park, MD in the article 'Treasure Trove of 'Hemp for Victory' Photos Unearthed'

War Hemp Industries Inc. Photographs
Farm Security Agency
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Hemp History matter because, without it, Gourmet Hemp Foods LLC would've never have manifested!
Hempology.org

In collaboration with John Dvorak, the Executive Director of Hempology.com , the WHI Inc. corporate documents are available to the general public.

Votehemp.com

The mission of Vote Hemp is to gain the acceptance of and free market for hemp as an agricultural crop in the U.S..

Hemp Week ( www.hemphistoryweek.com )

Hemp Week is the largest educational campaign about hemp in the U.S. The campaign raises awareness about the environmental sustainability, health benefits, regenerative agriculture potential, and new technological applications of industrial hemp.

Virginia Hemp Coalition ( www.vahemp.org )

Virginia Hemp Coalition (VHC) is a grassroots driven advocacy organization whose goal is to educate, inspire and rally Virginians to restore the free market for Industrial Hemp, a low-THC oilseed and fiber crop, a variety of Cannabis.There is already clear support in our state for industrial hemp. In 1999 and 2001, the Virginia legislature passed supportive resolutions calling for a revised federal hemp policy.

The VHC believes that further legislative changes are necessary to create a safe and well regulated environment to once again allow Virginia farmers to responsibly grow, process, and compete in a burgeoning domestic U.S. industrial hemp market.

Books

From Jack Herer's cult-classic 'The Emperor Wears No Clothes,' to the intellectually riveting 'Hemp-Lifeline to the Future' by Chris Conrad, to the down-to-earth approach by Doug Fine's more recent publication, 'Hemp Bound,' hemp education from the past will always be relevant to those in the industry in the present.

True Story of the War Hemp Industry Inc.

Enjoy our hand illustrated catalog which features excerpts from our War Hemp Indsutries Inc. archive, as well as, hemp brain games and product information.

Visit our War Hemp page to discover, first-hand, the original source documents from America's WW2 industrial hemp program.

The True Story of the War Hemp Industry
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* By purchasing some of Gourmet Hemp Foods' great tasting products you are directly supporting our team's effort to restore America's hemp history.

National Archives, Kansas City, MI

Tucked away in in the depths of the National Archives, in Kansas City, MI, is a treasure trove of corporate documents & correspondence detailing the lost history of the War Hemp Industries Inc.. Below are prepared documents for both hemp researchers & enthusiast.

Kansas City Trip Overview
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The American Hemp Program
Citation: The American Hemp Program. S.H. McCrory, Director, Hemp Division, Commodity Credit Corporation. June 13, 1944. "General Records Relating to the War Hemp Program," The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Kansas City, MI. 1943-47.
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Hemp - Its Production & Use As A Fiber Crop
Citation: Hemp - Its Production & Use As A Fiber Crop. B.B. Robinson, Agronomist; A.H. Wright, Agent, Bureau of Plant Industry, Division of Cotton and Other Fiber Crops and Diseases, United State Department of Agriculture. 1941. "General Records Relating to the War Hemp Program," The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Kansas City, MI. 1943-47.
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Personnel Duties & Responsibilities
Citation: Personnel Duties & Responsibilities. Author Unknown, War Hemp Industries Inc.. 194. "General Records Relating to the War Hemp Program," The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Kansas City, MI. 1943-47.
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Misc. Foundational Documents in Chronological Order
Includes: FOR: All Hemp States SUBJECT: 1943 Hemp Program SUGGESTED DISTRIBUTION: State Committee Members. Nov. 6, 1942. | War Production Board Order M-82, Part 1079- HEMP SEED. Sept. 22, 1942.Correspondence with Honorable C. Wayland Brooks, United States Senator. Sept. 29, 1942. | Certificate of Incorporation of the "WAR HEMP INDUSTRIES INC.. Feb. 1, 1943. | War Hemp Industries Inc., Voting Trust Certificate. Feb. 3, 1943. | War Hemp Industries Inc., Capitol Stock 10 Shares Without Par Value. Feb. 16, 1943. | Picture of Hemp Plant | Plant Blueprint | Organizational Charts |  Balance Sheet, Hemp Program 1942-1944. July 1, 1944. | Prices for Various Grades of Hemp Fiber. Nov. 29, 1945.
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Misc. Foundational Documents in Chronological Order
Includes: FOR: All Hemp States SUBJECT: 1943 Hemp Program SUGGESTED DISTRIBUTION: State Committee Members. Nov. 6, 1942. | War Production Board Order M-82, Part 1079- HEMP SEED. Sept. 22, 1942.Correspondence with Honorable C. Wayland Brooks, United States Senator. Sept. 29, 1942. | Certificate of Incorporation of the "WAR HEMP INDUSTRIES INC.. Feb. 1, 1943. | War Hemp Industries Inc., Voting Trust Certificate. Feb. 3, 1943. | War Hemp Industries Inc., Capitol Stock 10 Shares Without Par Value. Feb. 16, 1943. | Picture of Hemp Plant | Plant Blueprint | Organizational Charts |  Balance Sheet, Hemp Program 1942-1944. July 1, 1944. | Prices for Various Grades of Hemp Fiber. Nov. 29, 1945.

War Hemp Inc. Meeting Minutes & Govt. Hearings

Tucked away in in the depths of the National Archives, in Kansas City, MI, is a treasure trove of corporate documents & correspondence detailing the lost history of the War Hemp Industries Inc.. Below are prepared documents for both hemp researchers & enthusiast.

Kansas City Trip Overview
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Book One |  Jan. 1943 - Jan. 1944
Citation: The American Hemp Program. S.H. McCrory, Director, Hemp Division, Commodity Credit Corporation. June 13, 1944. "General Records Relating to the War Hemp Program," The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Kansas City, MI. 1943-47.
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Book Two | Feb. 44 - Feb. 45
Citation: Hemp - Its Production & Use As A Fiber Crop. B.B. Robinson, Agronomist; A.H. Wright, Agent, Bureau of Plant Industry, Division of Cotton and Other Fiber Crops and Diseases, United State Department of Agriculture. 1941. "General Records Relating to the War Hemp Program," The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Kansas City, MI. 1943-47.
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Book Three | Mar. 45 - Feb. 46
Citation: Personnel Duties & Responsibilities. Author Unknown, War Hemp Industries Inc.. 194. "General Records Relating to the War Hemp Program," The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Kansas City, MI. 1943-47.
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Misc. Foundational Documents in Chronological Order
Includes: FOR: All Hemp States SUBJECT: 1943 Hemp Program SUGGESTED DISTRIBUTION: State Committee Members. Nov. 6, 1942. | War Production Board Order M-82, Part 1079- HEMP SEED. Sept. 22, 1942.Correspondence with Honorable C. Wayland Brooks, United States Senator. Sept. 29, 1942. | Certificate of Incorporation of the "WAR HEMP INDUSTRIES INC.. Feb. 1, 1943. | War Hemp Industries Inc., Voting Trust Certificate. Feb. 3, 1943. | War Hemp Industries Inc., Capitol Stock 10 Shares Without Par Value. Feb. 16, 1943. | Picture of Hemp Plant | Plant Blueprint | Organizational Charts |  Balance Sheet, Hemp Program 1942-1944. July 1, 1944. | Prices for Various Grades of Hemp Fiber. Nov. 29, 1945.
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Misc. Foundational Documents in Chronological Order
Includes: FOR: All Hemp States SUBJECT: 1943 Hemp Program SUGGESTED DISTRIBUTION: State Committee Members. Nov. 6, 1942. | War Production Board Order M-82, Part 1079- HEMP SEED. Sept. 22, 1942.Correspondence with Honorable C. Wayland Brooks, United States Senator. Sept. 29, 1942. | Certificate of Incorporation of the "WAR HEMP INDUSTRIES INC.. Feb. 1, 1943. | War Hemp Industries Inc., Voting Trust Certificate. Feb. 3, 1943. | War Hemp Industries Inc., Capitol Stock 10 Shares Without Par Value. Feb. 16, 1943. | Picture of Hemp Plant | Plant Blueprint | Organizational Charts |  Balance Sheet, Hemp Program 1942-1944. July 1, 1944. | Prices for Various Grades of Hemp Fiber. Nov. 29, 1945.

National Archives, College Park, MD

The Farm Security Administration, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, spearheaded an effort to visually document the domestic deployment of 'Industrial Plants' during the WW2 effort. The archive especially highlight the women, minorities and farmers whom provided the necessary raw and finished goods on the homefront.

We encourage everyone to search the FSA photo archive for yourself, except, you'll conspicuously not find any hemp photos which were seemingly hidden away until now!  

College Park Trip Overview
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War Hemp Industries Inc. Photographs

Citation: WHI Inc. Lantern Slides & Photographs. Various Photographers. Farm Security Administration, Department of Agriculture. 1942-3. "16.8, Records of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture RG16," Still Picture Branch Holdings, The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, MI. 1943-47.
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Maritime National Park Museum, San Francisco, CA

The wartime need for a Delaware-incorporated 'War Hemp Industries Inc.' spawned from the need to replace Abaca fiber, which the American cordage companies sourced from the Philippines, that is, until the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The west coast based Tubbs Cordage Company's corporate documentation, housed at the Maritime National Park Museum in San Francisco, provides an excellent insight into the Abaca and cordage industries, especially since they operated a cordage factory in Manila which was, after Pearl Harbor, repurposed under Japanese occupation.

Within the Tubbs Cordage Company's archive the following publication was discovered titled the, War Emergency Service Book No. 3, printed by the Plymouth Cordage Co.. The booklet included a detailed explanation for the need for 'Victory Rope,' which, undoubtedly, implied rope that used hemp fiber under the War Production Board's order 'M-82' which had, effectively, required all American cordage companies to use up to 10% of domestic hemp fiber so that a fledgling government-sponsored hemp industry could gain its footing.

Maritime National Park Museum
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War Emergency Service Book No. 3

Citation: War Emergency Service Book No. 3. Emergency Service Department, Plymouth Cordage Company, N. Plymouth MA.. HDC0496 (SAFR 18874), Tubbs Cordage Company records, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
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State-level Advocacy (1990s-2010s)


Founder, Joe, took the initiative to research and write, 'Craig Lee's Kentucky Hemp Story | Memoirs of an Industrial Hemp Activist,' which details a 20-year epoch of Craig's hemp activism, starting in the 90's, and concluding with the beginning of the end of Federal hemp prohibition in 2014.

A lot of the stories were orally told which became the framework for great research. Craig donated his historical hemp collection to the Special Collections Library at the University of Kentucky.

You can purchase Craig's & Joe's book from Amazon by clicking here or you can view/DL the FREE pdf books below.

University of Kentucky Trip Overview
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View/DL | Craig Lee's KY Hemp Story | PART ONE
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View/DL | Craig Lee's KY Hemp Story | RESEARCH

CITATION: Domino, Joe. Craig Lee's Kentucky Hemp Story. Melbourne, Australia: Tablo. 2019.
End of Federal Prohibition (2014-2018)



Upon enactment of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the “2018 Farm Bill”) in December 2018, which builds upon the Agriculture Act of 2014 (the “2014 Farm Bill”), hemp was designated as a commercial-scale agricultural commodity. In short, the 2018 Farm Bill served to confirm, clarify and expound upon existing U.S. federal law and expressly and permanently removed hemp – including hemp-derived cannabinoids – from treatment as a controlled substance pursuant to the federal Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”). Correspondingly, by designating hemp as an agricultural commodity, the 2018 Farm Bill also appropriately instructed the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) to oversee the regulation of hemp, to the exclusion of the authority of the DEA.

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Legality of Hemp Foods


Can hulled hemp seed, hemp seed protein powder, and hemp seed oil be used in human food? In December 2018, FDA completed its evaluation of three generally recognized as safe (GRAS) notices for the following hemp seed-derived food ingredients: hulled hemp seed, hemp seed protein powder, and hemp seed oil.

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