The many uses and value of hemp are described in this educational film produced by the U.S. government, which encouraged hemp production during WWII. [Dir: Raymond Evans/ 13 min/ Documentary/ Legalize drugs, Propaganda]
Hemp is given a loving portrait in this documentary short, which touches upon its romantic history as well as its many practical uses. But that’s not why this film is so widely circulated today. Its modern popularity has more to do with the stark contrast between the film’s ebullient pro-hemp character and current U.S. government anti-hemp messaging related to the War on Drugs; the irony of that contrast has not been lost on hemp legalization advocates.
Additionally, the now-legendary story of how the film came to light has made it of broader interest to civil liberties advocates. Up until 1989, it was not only lost and forgotten but U.S. government officials allegedly denied it had ever been made, until a recovered copy of it was pointedly delivered to the Library of Congress by Mia Farrow, Carl Packard and Jack Herer.
This delightful short film has served this country well — first doing its bit in the good fight against foreign WWII fascism, and today as an Orwellian warning about government’s flexible relationship with the truth.
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Links about Hemp for Victory
–Book: Hemp & The Marijuana Conspiracy: The Emperor Wears No Clothes, The Authoritative Historical Record of the Cannabis Plant, Marijuana Prohibition & How Hemp Can Still Save the World
–Book: The Great Book of Hemp: The Complete Guide to the Environmental, Commercial, and Medicinal Uses of the World’s Most Extraordinary Plant
–Book: Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution
–Book: Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific
–DVD: Hemp Revolution