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  •  We were actually producing less hemp when it (5+ / 0-)

    was outlawed than we'd produced back in colonial days.

    It was an all time low.  Manila rope didn't need to be tarred, so it had killed the cordage market.  We had plenty of trees, the government was giving away timber leases so wood pulp paper, while much lower in quality, was much cheaper.  Jute was being used for all the rough cloth uses like sacking that hemp had once been used for.

    However, there was a new machine going into to production that had the promise to make hemp competitive again for many uses, from paper to cloth.

    But it hadn't gone into production yet.  In 1929 we only had something like 600 acres of hemp growing in the whole US.

    "I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy." Michel de Montaigne

    by JesseCW on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 11:15:15 AM PST

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