Hemp for Victory!

That was the name of a U.S. Department of Agriculture-run program to encourage farmers to grow hemp during World War II.

Faced with a shortage of Manila hemp that was imported and used in ship’s rigging, the U.S. government had to act quickly.

The answer? Grow hemp on U.S. soil, where it had thrived – especially in Kentucky – more than a century before.

For decades the program was thought to be a myth, until the late 1980s, when a group of hemp activists reportedly found copies of the “Hemp for Victory” video in the Library of Congress archives.

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