In Korea, so much stuff is made out of hemp: Clothes, rope, even shoes. It was SO useful, the early US colonists were MADE to plant it.
But now, we deliberately deny ourselves this useful plant that needs little in the way of fertilizer/pesticide all because we are somehow scared of another harmless/useless plant, Cannabis.
Treehugger.com has an interesting article on it:
Like marijuana, hemp is still illegal in the eyes of the feds, despite Colorado's clear electoral mandate to legalize it.
Federal officials have said little about how they will react to Colorado's new law. Some analysts say it's unlikely they will target individual users, but the outlook is less certain for federal crackdowns on larger enterprises, such as farm-scale growing.
read more here.