SoapBox


Invariably, when I am selling the same two questions gets asked over and over. One that I’m tired of hearing already! And one that I wish I had a better answer for.

Do you have Canadian/North American Hemp available?

Can I smoke the yarn?

It’s really sad that there is ZERO North American production of either Hemp or Linen for commercial fibre for the consumer that would like to wear these fibres. For hemp and linen you need both the right climate and humidity conditions to grow fibres from plants. Here in Southern Ontario we have those best conditions. Canada was even an industry leader in Linen fibre production just as recently as, back in the 50s. The machines to process the plants into useable fibres were sold and shipped off a long time ago, at the time of the decline of the fibre industry.

But now? In Canada we only grow highly regulated hemp and flax for seeds NOT for fibres. Most of the seed is grown out in the prairies.

Not surprisingly even the hemp seed plants grown in Canada, make an industrial “fibre” matting that is in demand in the car industry for interior panels. This is NOT a fibre you would want to wear against your skin, or even as a coat. I really wish that industry could see the demand for the fibre plant as well as what they eek out of the seed production plants!

I personally believe that realistically, we will only see serious fibre production with legalization. Growing plants for a fibre is radically different from growing it for seeds or flowers. But its all treated like one plant by the government. You need a licence and at least 10 acres of land to grow hemp. You are subjected to a background check. Even if you qualify you need to be individually approved and this does not happen for all applicants. You need to comply with any rules deemed necessary and appropriate as they are dictated to you at any time of the growing process. These barriers to entry in the industry stop intrepid entrepreneurs.

Demand for the fibres is nearly as strong as it is for the flowering plant. This gives me hope that the consumers will continue to demand a North American product. I would like to see strong North American production again, starting in Ontario in Canada and in Kentucky (or maybe Oregon) in the US.

No you can’t smoke the yarn! Fibres come from the skin of the plant, not the flower.

On Saturday I joined the Global Marijuana March in Toronto. Legalize and regulate. Prohibition is a costly failure. We have already seen the effects from alcohol prohibition. Prohibition is suppressing the fibre industry in the most horrible way – by association.

As usual I love to take pictures. These are the things I saw through my lens during the demonstration and the march.

These are Flogos. Neat! Loads of bubbles and a little bit of helium to make them float.

My three favorite pictures of the day.

Early in the day I met Jack Skido who made these signs.

Lots of signs and people gathering.

Listening to parade instructions. Getting the big floats ready.

The crowd is coming.

 

On the march.

Its funny about taking pictures. The ones you tend to see of me are usually reflections. I find a mirror or glass most times. Today I had a lot of fun with this car. That we ended up pushing around the route!

The crowds.

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