The government, of course, is the enemy to every pro-hempster out there. Their stance: hemp is nothing more than a shorter, cuter name for marijuana; if they’ve legalized two “drugs” already--alcohol and tobacco--where does it stop?; what about the children?!
The latter’s argument is much more compelling. Hemp, which contains far less THC than marijuana, can be used to make fibers such as rope, building materials like “hempcrete” (a form of concrete) and paper. Some cultures can make good money off of it. It can also conserve forests, contribute to the creation of biofuels and lessen the reliance on foreign oil. Isn’t it the solution?
Eco-docs are all the rage right now. But few actually leave the lifelong impression they should. And despite its best efforts with a calm self-righteousness, celebrity contribution and Jefferson/Washington/Gandhi-quoting, Hempsters will be no different.
Still, it’s a fine recruitment tool for the unaware or undecided. I’m thinking of buying a hemp sweatshirt online this week--Woody has a closet full of ‘em!
There’s also an Alternate Intro that isn’t all that different from the one used in the finished doc and the Hempsters Trailer.