1996: Hemp shaking its seedy past

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Celebrating Hemp History Month – [Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Jan 29 1996] – It’s no pipe dream: Hemp, the clean-and sober cousin of marijuana, is becoming big business. Again.

Used for centuries to make ropes and paper, hemp is starting to shake its seedy reputation in the United States. Demand for products made with industrial-grade hemp is getting, well, higher and higher.

A dozen or so companies have sprung up in Sonoma County over the last five years to manufacture everything from clothing to cosmetics to cheese made from industrial-grade hemp. Most are small and operate out of a house, but several export their products and generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales annually. (more)

This series courtesy of the Richard Rose Report

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