The Hemp Industries Association wants you to know your history — your hemp history.
It’s Hemp History Week.
The festivities include 2,000 events in 50 states, the group says. The idea is to raise awareness for the full, coast-to-coast legalization of hemp.
The association has filed a petition with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to remove industrial hemp from drug scheduling restrictions faced by psychoactive marijuana (which is a schedule I drug).
“Coordinated by the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), Vote Hemp, and hundreds of grassroots volunteers, advocates, farmers and businesses across the country, the grassroots advocacy campaign raises awareness about the benefits of industrial hemp and garners support for legislation to legalize industrial hemp farming in the U.S.,” the association said in a statement.
The theme this year is “Grow Your Future.”
“The American market for hemp products remains the largest worldwide, and continues to expand with 10.4% market growth achieved in 2015 according to estimates from the Hemp Industries Association,” it stated. “At least 3,900 acres of U.S. soil were planted in industrial hemp in 2015, across Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, Tennessee and Vermont, however commerce of these crops is limited until further Federal legislation is passed.”