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The Hemp Revolution (1995)

Anthony Clarke explores the history and uses of the hemp plant and looks at the economic and culture forces that are behind its prohibition.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Clarke ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Himself - University of Arizona, College of Medicine (as Dr. Andrew Weil)
Karen Aleay ...
Herself - Festival Organizer
Eugene Collins ...
Himself - Tantawangalo Catchment Protection Association
Himself - Evanescent Press
Sherri Tonn ...
Herself - Sierra Club (as Prof. Sherri Tonn)
Maria Desmet ...
Herself - Director, Hemp Research Agrotechnological Institute
Jean-Paul Matthieu ...
Himself - Director, French Hemp Federation (as Jean Paul Matthieu)
Patsy Harmsen ...
Herself - Hemp for Paper Consortium
Jim Young ...
Himself - Executive Editor, 'Pulp & Paper' Magazine
Andrew Katelaris ...
Himself - Bio-Logical Products (as Dr. Andrew Katelaris)
Kate Short ...
Herself - Total Environment Centre (as Dr. Kate Short)
William Conde ...
Himself - Conde's Redwood Lumber
George Tyson ...
Himself - Xylan Corporation
Alan Brady ...
Himself - Hemp Seed Chef


Anthony Clarke explores the history and uses of the hemp plant and looks at the economic and culture forces that are behind its prohibition.

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The solution for the future?
24 June 2003 | by (Aarhus, Denmark) – See all my reviews

This documentary covers a whole lot of ground. It deals with every historical and contemporary aspect of hemp usage and cultivation (mainly in the U.S.), which turns out to be a lot. From describing the production of a fibre much more durable and economic than wood, the documentary discusses hemps multilateral uses as e.g. food products, as a non-polluting fuel and as a pharmaceutical product with much less griveous sideeffects than chemical pharmaceutical products. The film also investigates why America went from a country which produced vast quantities of the non-narcotic industrial hemp, to the complete ban on hemp production in 1938. This story in particular is interesting, and it points out that the large oilbased industries actually had a key role in the aforementioned ban. Food for thought! The conclusion of the documentary could be that hemp may prove to be a valid alternative to both oil and wood in the future.

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