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  • Why Hemp Clothing Now?

    The fashion industry needs a new direction—Hempy’s will help lead the way

    The winds of fashion have changed direction and there is no going back. Levi’s is making hemp jeans and Jane Fonda just announced that she has bought her last piece of clothing.  The days of Fast Fashion are out, and a new era of conscious consumerism and a desire for clothing that lasts longer than a single season has replaced it. 

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  • The Basics of Hemp Farming with Kevin Shively

    Reviving a crop is like trying to revive a language: we can find scraps of old books, some linguistic remnants of the old words in our vocabulary. But, without a fluent speaker, someone with an intimate, lifelong knowledge of the language, it’s difficult to decipher. Still, we try and try again until we get it right, re-learning the old ways through our own trial and error. Kevin Shively has been on this journey of re-discovery for years now, sewing hemp seeds for two kinds of harvesting: the physical and the intellectual. 

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  • Hemp: A Single Issue Movement?

    I recently saw a meme that featured a picture of Donald Trump holding a executive order that said, “all cannabis is legal”. The photoshopped photo directed me to click ‘like’ if I would support Trump in legalizing hemp. This is not an uncommon thing to see, a politically naive (it takes more than an executive order to legalize hemp) meme about hemp legalization. Normally, I wouldn’t bat an eye at such a meme, I might even click ‘like’. But these aren’t normal times.

    These first few weeks of a Trump administration has been a whirl for me. I know that he’s just doing what he promised (which is, after all, a strange thing for a politician to do), but somehow it didn’t seem real until now. Maybe it was my ‘liberal bubble,’ but somehow I didn’t expect things to move this fast, for us to be this divided. I wasn’t ready for our racism to be worn so proudly, so arrogantly. And this is why the meme shocked me. It was so…normal. It acted as if our support of Trump, even as he signs an unconstitutional migrant ban, depends solely on whether or not he supports our industry. And it got me thinking: are we a single issue movement?

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  • DEA and CBD: The Controversy Explained

    DEA and CBD: The Controversy Explained

    Our last blog outlined just how difficult it can be to nail down the taxonomy of the hemp plant. For decades, scientists have been arguing about the nature of Cannabis. But, one thing has always been very clear: Cannabis, when grown as an industrial crop with low THC content, is not a narcotic. It cannot get you high. Not at all. So, why then is the Drug Enforcement Agency messing around with the regulation of hemp products? Let’s dive into it.

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  • What Is Hemp? Taxonomy and the .3% Threshold

    It’s important to set the historical record straight: George Washington did not grow marijuana. He grew hemp for industrial purposes like rope and clothing, as did many other founding fathers and colonists. But, his hemp may have been a little different than our hemp.

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  • What We Can Learn from Water Protectors at Standing Rock

    “We’re praying to the rising sun. We’re praying to the setting sun. We’re bringing in the sacred songs. We’re building the sacred fire.”
    –Uqualla of the Havasupai Nation speaking at Standing Rock

    “North america is now a land ruled by oil, and the gun.”
    –Carol Surveyor of the Diné Nation speaking about Standing Rock

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