2. They Were Growing Hemp Everywhere
The USA Census taken in 1850 listed over 8,300 hemp plantations (the ‘plantations’ being a minimum 2,000 acre farm) growing cannabis hemp for cloth, canvas and cordage for baling cotton. Most of these plantations were located in the South or in the border states, primarily because of the cheap slave labour available prior to 1865. The hemp industry was labour-intensive.
This figure does not actually take into account the tens of thousands of smaller farms growing cannabis, or the hundreds of thousands – if not millions – of family hemp patches in America; Furthermore, it does not take into account that 80 percent of America’s hemp consumption for 200 years still had to be imported from Russia, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland, etc.
Sources: The Emperor of Hemp Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer
(U.S. Census, 1850; Allen, James Lane, The Reign of Law, A Tale of the Kentucky Hemp
Fields, MacMillan Co., NY, 1900; Roffman, Roger, Ph.D. Marijuana as Medicine,
Mendrone Books, WA, 1982.)