Accolades to the politicians in New England. News yesterday out of New Hampshire reports the Senate is considering protecting industrial hemp from being listed as a controlled substance. It would only go into effect after the Drug Enforcement Agency certifies that at least two other New England states have adopted such legislation but is an amazing step in a region with a rich industrial hemp history.
Hemp, once an important crop in the United States, has not been grown in New Hampshire for decades. Currier’s book, History of Newburyport, mentions that in 1764 “Cordage factories, employing from twenty-five to fifty hands,