Atlanta activists to showcase all things hemp

The Georgia Hemp Economic Revival Organization to promote marijuana's lesser-known cousin in Downtown


  • Hemp History Week
  • HEMP HOP: Activists will promote hemp's uses and history this weekend at the Center for Civic Innovation in Downtown

Despite advocate groups (and research) that say hemp, a cousin of marijuana, is one of the most economically viable yet underutilized sustainable materials on Earth, hemp still can 't be grown in most states without permission from the federal government. There are 22 states that have enacted state laws relating to industrial hemp following a provision of the 2014 Farm Bill allowing for the limited cultivation of industrial hemp. Georgia ain't one of 'em.

This weekend, the Georgia Hemp Economic Revival Organization, or GA HEROs, will host Bringing Hemp Home, Atlanta’s official Hemp History Week event. On Sun., June 7 at the Center for Civic Innovation, GA HEROs will focus on promoting hemp usage as a way of strengthening Georgia’s economy and generating safe, sustainable alternatives to products such as plastics, textiles, and even food. There will be a panel discussion to highlight how farming and producing industrial hemp in Georgia can boost Georgia's economy and a showcase of products made with hemp.

Additionally, "Bringing It Home," a documentary inspired by a man who built a hemp-based home because chemicals in conventional construction materials triggered his daughter's seizures, will be screened. And, of course, there will be food, drinks, and other products made with hemp. (No, there won’t be anything “special” about them except that they’re hemp-based.)

The event is free, but GA HEROs suggests a $10 donation to help cover event costs. Reservations can be made here.