Hemp: American History Revisited: The Plant with a Divided History

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Algora Publishing, 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 232 pages
Deitch offers a look at major events in U.S. and world history as they influenced, and as they may have been influenced by, the cultivation and use of hemp. The author discusses the differences between hemp grown for use as a popular smoke, the stronger type known as marijuana, and hemp as it has been grown throughout the history of civilization for its tough and versatile fiber. He joins other hemp fans in decrying the entrenched business interests that, they say, conspired in the 1930s to make the fiber-producing hemp illegal by associating it with marijuana -- and demonizing the latter. His take on history is entertaining and easily accessible; he discusses several of the potential areas where hemp could be re-introduced as a raw material and reduce our dependence on petroleum products and trees.

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Very insightful and interesting. Well written and relatively fresh topic, I always hear more about the time period that it was outlawed but this was great to see the cannabis plant in the colonial times!


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Page 20 - ... duties or of express prohibition. FLAX AND HEMP. Manufactures of these articles have so much affinity to each other, and they are so often blended, that they may with advantage be considered in conjunction. The importance of the linen branch to agriculture ; its precious effects upon household industry; the ease with which the materials can be produced at home to any requisite extent; the great advances which have been already made in the coarser fabrics of them, especially in the family...

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Deitch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 3-Dimensional Design from California State University Northridge, and went on to a forty-year professional career in the fields of architecture, interior design and construction. This varied career has enabled him to develop both his manual building and artistic skills, and has included positions as a professional interior designer with ASID professional membership status, model maker, master carpenter, and for the last 10 years, as a computer-specialist set designer, creating the working drawings used to plan and build the sets and props used in movies and television.

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