Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa)
- Hemp Clothing is and has been made and sold in Kent County for
years. The joke was you could smoke your shirt!
Here are a few articles:
Industrial hemp (Cannabis sativa) is one of the oldest cultivated
plants in the world. For centuries, its fibres have been used to make
ropes, sails and clothing. The species was banned in North America in
the 1930s because its leaves and flowers contain a hallucinogenic
drug known as delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It was banned
internationally in 1961 under the United Nations' Single Convention
on Narcotic Drugs.
In 1998, Canada created Industrial Hemp Regulations under the
Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. These regulations allow for the
controlled production, sale, movement, processing, exporting and
importing of industrial hemp and hemp products that conform to
conditions imposed by the Regulations.
Yields of Industrial hemp in Kent County have averaged 8.75 t/ha (3.5
Canada's hemp luminaries gathered in the midst of a Kent County hemp
field, to celebrate unprecendented political and financial support
for growing industrial hemp in Ontario.
Nearly forty acres of luxurious hemp - a lusty bottle-green palisade
of cellulose was a fitting backdrop for a historic "Industrial Hemp
Field Day" which marked the acceptance of the weed of wonder into
formal reality by the governing strata of Canada.
Here, on the lawn of the Laprise family farm in Kent County, Ontario,
our hemp hosts, Jean Laprise and his partner Claude Pinsonneault,
welcomed 500 specially invited hemp industry stakeholders to examine
the fruits of their labour and hear the good news of things to come.
Today, August 7th, the Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Honourable
Noble Villeneuve, would formally announce the gift of a cool half
million dollar grant towards basic hemp research, ending forever the
chill of reluctance of the Ontario government to participate in the
reimplementation of industrial hemp.
For more information
Kenex Ltd, RR #1, Pain Court, Chatham, Ontario, N0P 1Z0;
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Kent County (the city of Chatham) which is now the Regional
Government of Chatham - Kent in southwestern Ontario was known for
the production of Industrial Hemp up until the 1930s.
---- Mark Dickerson wrote:
" Over the last 10 to 15 years, there has been an organized attempt
in Kent County to increase production, and marketing of hemp. ..."