In legalizing hemp production in 1998, Canada took restrictions off environmentally-sound paper products, clothing, and oil.
Source: (2000) American News Service - Hemp Legalization Sparks Growth of New Industries - Helena Katz
On the 7th of August, Canada's hemp luminaries gathered in the midst of a Kent County hemp field, to celebrate unprecendented political and financial support for growing industrial hemp in Ontario.
As America blows another $13 Billion dollars this year to battle the war on drugs, Canada writes a cheque to get hemp going down on the farm. Canadian hemp farmers continue to explore new opportunities, and this time they have the blessing of the big ducks in government, and public money for hemp research.
Imagine that! A government dowry for industrial hemp research begins a new era of fibre farming for Ontario.
Source: (1997) CC10 - Ontario Goes to Hemp - Dr. Alexander Sumach
Last November, a handful of
steadfast Canadian hempsters were invited by Health Canada to meet in a
climate of "transparency" with knowledgeable government personnel, in order
to draft an initial Hemp Regulatory Agreement. Two days of intense hemp
talks followed in Ottawa on March 17-18 of this year.
A sprinkling of autonomous regional hemp activists,
people from the newly formed Canadian Industrial Hemp Council (CIHC), experienced
hemp farmers, crop agronomists, glib seed growers and anxious hemp entrepreneurs
alike were all in attendance.
Source: (1997) CC9 - Hemp Hunting in Darkest Ottawa
Canadian farmers will be allowed to grow industrial hemp for the first time in 60 years. Health Minister Allan Rock made the announcement on Thursday at the annual meeting of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture.
Rock said his staff is working to ensure farmers will be able to get licences quickly and in time to plant seeds this spring.
Hemp has been banned in Canada since 1938 because it is related to marijuana and contains small quantities of the same psychoactive ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.
Industrial hemp must have less than .3 per cent THC, which means it has no recreational value.
Source: (November, 1998) CBC - Hemp Ban Lifted
Effective March 12, 1998, the commercial production (including cultivation) of industrial hemp is now permitted in Canada, under licenses and authorization, issued by Health Canada. This action was prompted by several years of field research and lobbying by the agricultural and business community. Prior to 1998, there were only a handful of licenses issued to grow industrial hemp in Canada. In 1998, the first year after Health Canada opened up the licensing process, 241 licenses were issued. These licensees grew almost 2 370 hectares (5,857 acres) of hemp for industrial use. In 1999, the number of applications to grow hemp jumped dramatically to 545 with the area of hemp production increasing six-fold to nearly 14 031 hectares (34,657 acres). It looked as though the industrial hemp was well on its way to becoming the "Cinderella" crop in Canada. However, events in the summer of 1999, i.e., the demise of the perspective hemp processing company in Manitoba, changed the outlook for hemp production in Canada.
Source: agric.gov.ab.ca - Industrial Hemp Producation in Canada
Commercial hemp is finally legal in Canada. This means that Canadian farmers can now grow and sell certified low-THC strains of cannabis, with a permit issued by the Ministry of Health. This is a major step forward for the entire cannabis movement, and is a cause for great celebration. Congratulations are due to the cannabis activists, hemp farmers and many others who have pushed to revive this ancient crop.
Source: (1998) CC13 - Industrial hemp now legal in Canada!