Bringing It Home, a new documentary about industrial hemp inspired by North Carolina eco-conscious home builder Anthony Brenner's first hemp house, will be screening in Boulder tomorrow night as part of the fourth annual nationwide Hemp History Week. The film "explores the question of why a crop with so many widespread benefits cannot be farmed in the United States by illustrating its history, current industries and talking to both opponents and proponents of the industrial hemp farming legalization effort." Get more details and watch the trailer below.
As explained in our cover story, "Green Acres," industrial hemp is making a comeback. Colorado is ahead of the game; when voters legalized the pot-centric Amendment 64 last November, they also paved the way for Centennial State farmers to grow hemp. Thanks to a bill passed by state lawmakers, the Colorado Department of Agriculture now has a deadline of March 1, 2014 to come up with a process to register hemp farmers so they can start putting seeds in the ground.
But hemp, marijuana's sober sister, is still illegal at the federal level. Hemp History Week is a campaign organized by the Hemp Industries Association and Vote Hemp "to amplify support for a change in policy that would allow hemp farming in the U.S." The campaign, which started this past Monday and ends on Sunday, includes more than 800 events nationwide, including a letter-writing campaign to President Obama asking him to legalize hemp farming and premieres of Bringing It Home.
The Boulder premiere will be held at Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place on Saturday, June 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The screening is free and the organizers promise free hemp goodies. Watch the film's trailer below.
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