Hemp for Victory

On the Internet Archive is this propaganda film from 1942 entitled “Hemp for Victory”. It is an exhortation to American farmers to apply to their county administrator’s for a “marihuana license” so that they too can join the war effort by raising American hemp. At the time, the Japanese controlled most of the sources of hemp importation, so in order to make the ropes, canvas and thread needed by the American war effort a far greater production from American’s was needed. Wow, 60 years ago it wasn’t “The War on Drugs” but “The War with Help from Drugs”.