Our last video about cannabis does not show people under the age of 18, but this, friends, is the majority of the YouTube audience! Millions of people remain in the dark. We hope that the older comrades will retell them the content of the previous episode, but we will add interesting details to this story that were not included in that issue.
And the following numbers were not included: Industrial hemp was number one in terms of exports among all agricultural crops in the USSR and often occupied the third position in terms of exports after oil and gas. Almost every village had a hemp plant where hemp was processed. There were many textbooks on cannabis growing, rhymes were written about "hemp" and even studied in schools.
The oil magnates' planned operation against hemp culminated in an international UN meeting in New York, convened in 1961, where a resolution was passed banning all cannabis. As a result, industrial hemp fell into disgrace along with marijuana. In 1963, this resolution was ratified by Nikita Khrushchev, and the budget-forming industry was "banned" in the USSR. Hemp in the Soviet Union began to be replaced everywhere with flax.
Before the global ban, there were about a million hectares of cannabis crops in the world, 60 - 80% of this market was occupied by the Soviet Union.
Only in 1964, scientists identified an ingredient that is responsible for the effect on the psyche - tetrahydrocannabinol. By 1967, it was figured out that cannabis and cannabis were different, and the percentage of THC in the inflorescences of plants was different for technical and narcotic cannabis.
But it was too late. All in all, the United States is 100% to blame for the genocide of cannabis farming. But how well it all started:
In 1938, hemp was called the "Billion Dollar Crop" in America, a billion dollar crop, because it was the first crop to reach a billion dollar sales.
A couple of centuries earlier, the first president of the United States, George Washington, in his Mount Vernon estate, besides tobacco and wheat, grew hemp, which, by the way, brought in the main income. Dollar bills are still made from hemp pulp.
In the 1850s, Levi Strauss sewed the first American jeans from hemp canvas, canvas.
Several years ago, an analysis was carried out of data on the proportion of deaths from certain substances that can cause addiction. As a result, it turned out that the most life-threatening substance is alcohol. Cannabis consumption is somewhere in the middle of the list. But for some reason no one prohibits the production and sale of alcoholic beverages, does not issue laws affecting the alcohol business.
But he is just struggling with hemp. WikiLeaks has leaked data on the fight against the legalization of marijuana by the alcohol industry.
Leaked documents showed that the US Wine and Spirits Wholesalers Association funded activist groups against the legalization of cannabis, and also persistently asked Congressmen, members of the Democratic Party, in the right way to investigate the harm from smoking cannabis psychotropic drugs, including lobbying banning cannabis use by drivers in states where it is legalized.
Look, what an amazing concern for the population from the producers of alcoholic poisons!
Previously, multiple studies have shown less harm to health from cannabis compared to alcohol, and US President Barack Obama recognized the safety of cannabis compared to alcohol as early as 2014.
But Obama, of course, is not an authority for the Russian people, so here is the latest data.
On December 31, 2019, for the first time in Times Square, electronic billboards advertising technical hemp products appeared on the buildings located there. In the near future, such banners will appear in the metro, on buses, taxis and in print media. The fact is that companies that are engaged in the hemp business received the full right to advertise themselves only after President Donald Trump signed a farm bill, according to which hemp was officially removed from the federal list of controlled substances.
It is now forecast that sales of hemp-derived products will grow from 174 million to 22 billion, 126 times by 2020.
The world's leading cannabis producer is China, which produces over 70% of world production. The Chinese realized before others that cannabis is a cool agricultural crop, and want to increase the sown area by about ten times by 2020.