Countless uses, surrounded by controversy, and so much misinformation that it makes it nearly impossible to decipher fact from fiction. No, this is not another rotating news cycle story with the same character actors, but it is the predicament of the topic that this week’s guest Jen Hobbs is interested in.
One of the oldest cultivated (records have found that it has been cultivated since at least 8,000 B.C., was farmed across the globe, and has even included farming by a number of founding fathers) and most versatile plants in existence (hemp can be used in everything from textiles, to plastics, and even building materials not including the countless medicinal elements of CBD), the hemp plant finds itself trapped in a situation that seems nearly impossible to get out of. Opaqued by nearly a century of false information, the versatility of the hemp plant is just now starting to come the surface of the public attention, and Jen Hobbs is doing her best to see to it as best as she can.
“Jen Hobbs has been a publicity consultant for the greater part of her career, representing Oscar and Emmy award-winning clients as well as politicians and authors. She has worked behind-the-scenes with Jesse Ventura since 2007, as his book publicist and as a producer for his tv shows. In 2016, she co-authored Jesse Ventura’s Marijuana Manifesto, which inspired the content for her new book American Hemp. Prior to graduating with her MFA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2013, she was a commercial print and parts model and developed a diverse portfolio in print ads and commercials; she transitioned from non-union to SAG in 2010 when she was hired for The Last Airbender, directed by M Night Shyamalan, as the body-double/stand-in for the lead actress, Nicola Peltz. After visiting and living in several states and countries, Hobbs now resides in O’Fallon, Missouri with her husband, Andrew, and daughter, McKayla, and currently employs her artistic talents through her art and custom jewelry company Hobbs Superior Handmade Supply.”
So what is it about the plant that causes so much strife? Is it the obscene amounts of misinformation surrounding it and its cousin the marijuana plant and all the falsified information that has been attached to them? Is it the odd coincidence that the Secretary of Treasury at the time of the prohibition of hemp and marijuana was heavily invested in DuPont and hemp happens to be a cheaper more abundant alternative to DuPont creation nylon? (Also note the similar strange coincidence between alcohol prohibition and the big oil companies…another show for another day) Who’s to say, we’ll leave that call up to you.
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