Why not? It’s a cash crop that grows on marginal land, is highly disease resistant, needs very little fertilizer or water, produces a healthy tasty edible seed that is one of the few plant-based complete proteins, you can make textiles, biodegradable plastics, and a renewable biofuel. If you care about the drug it produces it’s very low in THC (the high) and relatively high CBD (the medical). George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp (and actually smoked the leaves, too, as they reportedly thought it was healthier than drinking alcohol!) It was the first crop ever planted by settlers in many states and was widely used for creating rope and textiles. In Virginia, you could have actually been jailed for refusing to grow it from 1763 to 1769. This is in stark contrast to today, wheb it now illegal to grow hemp in America (although the sale of hemp seeds is legal). All of our hemp seeds are imported from Canada or other countries. Up until the late 1800s, most of our paper – from our nation’s founding documents to the bible to school books – were all printed on hemp paper. Hemp paper was even made at Benjamin Franklin’s paper mill. One acre of hemp could produce as much paper as 4.1 acres of trees. In fact, in 1916, the U.S. government predicted that by the 1940s, all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees would need to be cut down. I think they had the right idea – I’m not sure where we veered off track! Global warming is caused by high carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. Hemp absorbs four times more carbon dioxide than trees do, and has a very short growing cycle of just 12-14 weeks, making it an extremely sustainable crop that can help combat global warming. The oldest records of hemp growth go back 5,000 years to China. Its ability to grow in a variety of soils with little maintenance, paired with its versatile uses, made hemp an important crop all over the world. The USA hang-up over the lies of the “reefer-madness” day’s have been a mistake based on racism and greed from the get go. Why don’t we help our farmers out by giving them a really useful crop they can use on the land they burned out growing thousand pesticide corn?