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"Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

Abraham Lincoln - Former U.S. President


Hemp & World War 2

Hemp for Victory 1

 Hemp for Victory: Part 1

"Hemp for Victory" was a campaign carried out by the U.S. government during World War II. The surprise attack of Pearl Harbour simultaneously exploded U.S. isolationism forever, but as "the Sleeping Giant" awoke, and a huge mobilization of resources was begun, harsh realities dawned.

An immediate need was identified to cultivate 350,000 acres of hemp, required for "tackle and gear, mooring ships, thread for shoes for millions of American soldiers, and parachute webbing".

Farmers were required to attend showings of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture film "Hemp for Victory", and subsequently sign a statement that they has seen it and also read a hemp cultivation booklet.

This 15 minute propaganda film shows the history of hemp cultivation, and its uses, however it stresses that to become an official (legal) "Producer of Marihuana", farmers were required to obtain the official Federal registration / tax stamp.

Such was the urgency that hemp harvesting machinery was made available at a low, or no cost to the farmer. From 1942-45, farmers and their sons who agreed to cultivate hemp were granted exemption from military service.

The resurrection of hemp was short-lived however. After the war, the campaign to eradicate Marihuana was revived in earnest.