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Come with us now on a journey through hemp time and space. (Julia Sumpter/Leafly)
Hemp didn’t just fall out of the sky because Congress re-legalized it in 2018 US Farm Bill this week. Hemp as a fuel, food, fiber—and medicine—remains one of mankind’s oldest, dearest friends. Now it’s set to be a $22 billion US industry. Take a walk with us down through the eons in this timeline of hemp and human history.
David Downs directs news and lifestyle coverage as the California Bureau Chief for Leafly.com. He's written for WIRED, Rolling Stone and Billboard, and is the former cannabis editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the author of several cannabis books including 'Marijuana Harvest' by Ed Rosenthal and David Downs. He co-hosts The Hash podcast. TW: @davidrdowns | IG @daviddowns