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I thought that I would provide you with some historical information which involves the US occupation of Japan and the Post WW2 abolition of Industrial Hemp Circa Post WW2 The Duponts and the Cotton Cartels of the time wanted Hemp off the map it was a matter of strategic economic importance Industrial hemp is just way too much of a ubiquitous product to be grown by the common man It just makes too much cents for the average farmer It would displace pulp towns and the Cotton clowns It would create a paradigm shift I know Jeff hates that term but the big boys dont like change if it doesnt fall into their pockets1st Just to give your readers an idea on how well regarded Hemp was in the Japanese culture Ill provide you with the following Hemp was traditionally used by Shinto priests including the Japanese emperor himself who acts as a kind of chief priest of Shintoism Several hemp fields are cultivated on Shikoku one of the four main islands of Japan to make ceremonial linen clothes for the Imperial family and for Shinto priests Hemp is also grown in some parts of Nagano prefecture by farmers with a hemp license and the fibre is used for bell ropes and noren ritual curtains for Shinto shrines as well as in sumo rituals The Hemp Control Act Hemp cultivation came to a legal halt in the during the post WWII allied-forces occupation Allied troops lived in Japan and helped substantially to rebuild the nation battered by the destruction and poverty of wartime The foreign troops were certainly surprised at the abundance of hemp growing both wild and cultivated In 1948 when American General of the Army Douglas Macarthur and his colleagues rewrote the Japanese constitution they included the Taima Torishimari H the Hemp Control Act Ironically it was the Japanese Imperial Armys invasion of the Philippines a few years earlier that acted
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