Hemp is being rediscovered by thousands of people each day thanks to the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. Farmers around the nation quickly jumped at the opportunity to be some of the first to grow one of mankind’s most useful crops in over 70+ years. The result of this Farming Act of 2018 being passed is seen through the massive resurgence of hemp products found in today’s market. Although it may seem like an exciting new cash crop for many, our nation has seen a similar spike in demand for hemp products during World War II.
The US government released this short film in 1942 to encourage the cultivation and production of industrial hemp for wartime efforts. Prior to the release of Hemp For Victory, the government had prohibited hemp production within our borders, restricting all hemp access to be imported from countries such as the Philippines and East Asia. When Japan’s military took over these regions, the U.S. government flipped their take on hemp in order to encourage farmers to provide our military with the strongest natural fiber on Earth.
The black and white film begins by touching on the rich history of hemp and goes on to explain how it’s grown from seed and processed into rope, textiles, and cloth for soldiers. This lead to patriotic farmers growing an estimated 150,000+ acres of industrial hemp, a vital resource which surely helped us obtain the victory. After World War II the US government buried the film and went back to its old stance on hemp as a dangerous substance. The last hemp farms in the US were planted in Wisconsin in the year 1957. 50 years later, the hemp boom we see today was sparked when the government granted two North Dakota farmers the right to grow industrial hemp.