(Boulder, CO) – Award-winning filmmaker Josh Hyde’s new documentary American Hemp is now available for totally free on Amazon Prime and other major streaming platforms. The film chronicles the modern day Colorado hemp market for two years top up to the 2018 federal Farm Bill legalizing hemp. Leaders of the hemp movement, farmers, Colorado regulators, members of the Oglala Lakota Native American Tribe, and the founders hemp meals business, Evo Hemp, all share accounts of how hemp has impacted their lives and how it will revolutionize the U.S. agricultural economy. To watch the trailer click here and for extra info, contact Josh Hyde at 618-521-1070. To watch the film in its entirety, click right here.
“Over the final two years, I’ve been documenting the hemp market mainly because it is one particular of the most constructive factors taking place in the U.S. these days,” stated Hyde whose other films include Postales, My Friend’s Rubber Ducky, and Chicle. “The purpose of American Hemp is to show a group of persons of all races, colors and creeds coming with each other to make a functioning remedy to a dilemma society has failed to solve– bringing higher-paying agricultural jobs to poor rural communities.”
A single of the film’s key characters is hemp activist and former president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota, Alex White Plume. Twenty years ago, he was one particular of the 1st Americans to openly plant, cultivate, and make hemp inside the borders of the United States since it was prohibited by federal anti-drug laws in 1968. White Plume has partnered with Evo Hemp whose distribution chain has created his Native American-grown hemp obtainable in thousands of retail outlets, and he is now organizing a hemp industrial park complete of diversified regional hemp firms, and processing centers for tribal growers.
““As a sovereign nation right here, if you acquire hemp from us it is legalized by the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe, not the state of South Dakota,” stated White Plume. “There’s a massive distinction, this is a sovereign hemp.”
The 2018 Farm Bill opened the doors to a hemp boom when it removed the non-psychoactive hemp plant from the controlled drug category exactly where marijuana resides. Hemp is now legally acknowledged as a farm commodity like corn, wheat and soybeans.
“American Hemp gets behind the front lines of the subsequent agricultural evolution,” stated Evo Hemp Co-Founder Ari Sherman. “The film tracks the raw hemp from the fields to the shelves of American grocery retailers. Along the way, Evo Hemp partners with Alex White Plume of the Oglala Lakota Tribe to make the 1st Native American hemp goods in the United States.”
By the finish of 2019, Colorado Division of Agriculture projections anticipate Colorado could have about 50,000 acres of hemp. That is up from 1,811 acres cultivated in 2014, when the 1st modern day hemp was grown. The demand for CBD oil, the non-psychoactive derivative of hemp, is the most significant driver of the demand for hemp in Colorado and across the nation. Top cannabis researchers BDS Analytics and Arcview Market place Analysis, projects that the collective market place for CBD sales in the U.S. will surpass $20 billion by 2024.