Historically, hemp was a major part of this nations industry, providing for things such as rope and paper. My understanding is that hemp was actually better than other materials that competed against it. (For example, hemp has been found to be better for the environment in regards to paper.) Because around the 20s and 30s thus product was out selling the products of powerful businessmen, a sentiment to knock hemp out as a competitor became crucial. Along the same time, many Mexican immigrants were coming into the United States and working the harvesting of hemp. These immigrants share the origins of you and I and worked humbly with no malice as is the one that fueled and continues to fuel corporate greed in America. Much like we have seen in today's politics, these Mexican immigrants were demonized as they introduced recreational use of marijuana; they used the plant as a simple relaxant, never were they reported of abusing the substance or linking violence to it. These Mexican immigrants were demonized and so was their substance. The same businessmen that were being knocked out by hemp successfully got Congress to launch propaganda that falsely accused marijuana use of causing pregnancies and the desire to kill. Such statements today we know to be false.
The point is, corporate greed was the only reason that hemp was made illegal in every state. It was demonized by discriminating against those who grew and used the substance, humble Mexican workers that share blood to you and I. Because this form of discrimination is historically the only reason hemp growth was made illegal, it remains illegal because of that discrimination thay was failed to be eradicated. This must be undone. Hemp should be allowed to be grown, for it will give power back to the people and their upward mobility to middle class status, it will help our environment, and it will help reverse that stain of racist discrimination.