We previously posted a broad history of hemp and now we would like to focus more in on Colorado and The United States as a whole because this is where our products are cultivated by our farming partners…
Over the course of many centuries hemp was actively used by practically all nations – it was used as material for dishware, clothes, ropes, sails and cords for ships. But its most popular usage was medical. Marijuana was used as medicine to treat cough, depression, neurosis, pain killers, muscle relaxants. Many nations smoked these dried leaves to communicate with spirits and their ancestors, but today this method is widely prohibited. Only a few countries and regions allow marijuana storage and consumption as a recreational drug. These include the state of Colorado.
Hemp played a significant role in US history. The plant was mainly used to manufacture fabric. In fact, the first American flag was woven from hemp fabric, while the American Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper. The first Levi Strauss jeans were sewn from hemp cloth. Should we even mention that the plant was cultivated on mass-scale for the country’s needs and export in the 19thCentury? Hemp sheaves even helped achieve victory in one of the battles between the North and South during the Civil War.
By 1930, laws prohibiting all uses of cannabis were introduced in every state. Certain parts of the plant, which had a pronounced narcotic effect, were forbidden for cultivation, harvest and use. The severity of penalties for violating this law varies from state to state.
For a long time in the US there was an opposition between drug’s – mainly marijuana – opponents and its defenders. The latter quoted studies proving the absence of its harmful effects on the body. Activists also claimed that cannabis consumption does not cause addiction. However, the weed’s opponents have been continuously victorious in this opposition. Only a few decades after the absolute prohibition of cannabis cultivation, storage, consumption and sale, some states became a little more lenient with the prohibitions.
Referendums of 2014 in the states of Washington and Colorado passed successfully, legalizing cannabis. It was presumed that people aged 21 and over would be allowed to store and consume limited amounts of cannabis. Colorado was especially successful in this, becoming the first state to allow legal cultivation of this controversial plant.
Following official permission, 136 shops obtained a legal license to sell THC, and it was decided that cannabis would be taxed just like alcohol. State government decided that additional income wouldn’t hurt the treasury, so it decided to use the first $40 million of income to build new schools. Citizens were once again divided into two camps. The one half supported legalization, while the others persistently claimed that cannabis was harmful.
But facts remain facts – Colorado became the first state where you can legally buy, sell and consume cannabis. This is why we chose to work with a farming partner here because our belief is they have been doing it so long that like anything else have a more finely tuned product.
We hope you enjoy ours!!!