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Feral hemp by the roadside in Iowa
The tragic element of this story is that as a result of the pariah status to which hemp was relegated in the US, Kentucky hemp is now extinct. The germplasm produced in Dewey's breeding program and all that collected by the USDA is lost. The National Seed Storage Laboratory, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, is charged with the preservation of germplasm as a safeguard against national disaster, such as nuclear war. In the early 1960s, ten bags of hemp seed, the only known remnant of the Kentucky hemp varieties, were transferred there from the USDA. A USDA Yearbook report noted that "Flax and hemp are no longer produced for fiber in this country, but seed stocks of the best varieties that have been developed by research agencies are maintained." Fortunately for flax, a responsible effort was made to preserve its germplasm. Sadly, the hemp remnant was neglected. At the request of the author, NSSL searched and found these bags of hempseed. Apparently, they were never logged in as accessions of the lab. Consequently, they were not properly preserved. The bags are only labeled with numbers whose import was not recorded, so we cannot know which varieties they might have been. The seed was last grown, as far as can be determined, in 1948.
"Troopers also are responsible for removing wild hemp plants, which were grown under government sanction more than half a century ago to produce rope for World War II naval operations. Last year they removed more than 200 million wild marijuana plants in Northern Indiana."
Cultivated - Marijuana that is deliberately planted, grown, tended
Sinsemilla - Seedless female plant found in plots where male plants have been removed
Tended Wild/Ditchweed - Wild marijuana that shows some human attention such as mulching, feeding, watering, clipping or harvesting
Untended Wild/Ditchweed - Wild marijuana that shows no signs of mulching, feeding, watering, clipping, harvesting
Processed Marijuana - Actual dry smokable marijuana in the drying process, loose or packaged. Include weight, measure in pounds
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