Peachtree NORML celebrated the 6th annual Hemp History Week at our June monthly meeting with many samples and examples of hemp products available for our attendees to experience. We began by defining the difference between hemp and its cousin marijuana. Hemp is a different variety of the same species, Cannabis sativa L., and contains 0.3% or less THC.
Hemp was made illegal by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. However, in 1942 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) produced the movie Hemp for Victory. The United States government denied this film existed unit 1989. We viewed the film in awe of the amount of hemp grown and the equipment available to harvest and process it. Afterwards we displayed a power point that Peachtree NORML members can use to educate farmers and others in agricultural industries in Georgia.
Letter writing, jewelry making, and product sampling were the activities of the evening! With a packed house we had many letters to send to U.S Senators Isakson and Perdue, and many of our U. S. Congressmen in support of the companion bills in the House and Senate for the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015. Several people tried their hand at making hemp macramé necklaces and attendees had the chance to taste hemp milk and seeds, try hemp lotion and soaps, and touch hemp fabrics, ropes and building materials.
Peachtree NORML would like to thank the many people who attended our Hempy Celebration!!! We look forward to seeing you next month!
**Members will receive an email survey soon to vote on our new meeting structure and schedule.
Thank you to the following companies that provided samples and raffle items for our attendees. Please go check them out!