“Hempsters: Plant the Seed”
Legalizing the Hemp Plant
“Hempsters” is a documentary about the movement for the legalization of marijuana in the United States and features Merle Haggard, Willy Nelson, Woody Harrelson and people like you and me as well as politicians, farmers and businessmen. Seven activists form the core of the film and they show us the durability of hemp and how it can be used for textiles, paper, plastics (biodegradable), health food, construction and fuel. We see that anything that can be manufactured from petroleum oils can also be made from hemp.
Michael Henning directs the film that looks at why the United States is the only developed country that outlaws the growth of hemp and is a controlled substance. We start with the arrest of Harrelson for having planted four uncultivated hemp seeds in Kentucky and move onto his travels with Craig Lee, traveling hemp activist and meet some Kentucky farmers who want to grow hemp to save their tobacco farms. Alex White Plume is a leader of the Lakota and his family is the first to plant Industrial Hemp in America since the 50’s and he shows that this is right. Julia Butterfly Hill has been protesting the pulping of forests and she believes that hemp is the answer to destroying trees for paper and Gatewood Galbraith who is running for governor of Kentucky as an independent tries to educate the public about hemp.
There is a lot of information here and a lot to think about. The movie presents a very strong message and undoubtedly will drive some to take action. I really learned a lot and I think you will as well.