The filmmakers compare linking hemp and marijuana to locking up someone who resembles, in looks only, a wanted criminal suspect. These two plants look the same, but hemp does not have enough of marijuana’s active ingredient – the stuff that makes people silly and increases the demand for doughnuts and related snack foods – to be an issue.
Because of those laws, this country imports industrial hemp fibers from England, Canada and other countries (at high prices) where it is legally grown and used to make products. The filmmakers interviewed Anthony Brenner, who, because of his daughter’s autism and sensitivity to chemicals, built a house in western North Carolina using hempcrete, a mixture of lime and the woody part of the hemp plant. Brenner funded and is now building what will be the world’s first residential facility for children with disabilities, using hempcrete.
This year, 20 states have put forth some kind of industrial hemp legislation, according to the filmmakers. Momentum seems to be building to end this unfortunate consequence of the increasingly disputed federal drug laws.