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Hemp For Victory - Coverup

by Jack Herer


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For the last fifteen years, the United States Department of Agriculture's 1942 film, "Hemp For Victory", was given to every facet of the,media (newspapers, magazines, TV, etc.) by the California Marijuana Initiative, the Oregon Marijuana Initiative, NORML, etc., as part of our proof of hemp's history and the incredible potential for mass-producing hemp by harvesting it mechanically (see "Popular Mechanics" Feb. 1938 article, "New Billion DOllar Crop", enclosed).

And for the last fifteen years the USDA, its library, and the Library of Congress have told or written the media and all other interested parties (e.g., see enclosed letter to Jim Evans) that no such movie was *ever* made by the USDA or any branch of the US government.

In May of 1989, Maria Farrow, Carl Packard, and myself, Jack Herer, were in Washington D.C., going through the Library of Congress' motion picture and filmstrips records, and the records at the USDA library at Bettsville, Maryland. After being told by their librarians that it simply couldn't have disappeared form the card catalogs, files and electronic searches of all our major libraries if the US government had indeed made it, we looked until we were beat, and we quit.

Then we decided to try once more at the Library of Congress. We asked for the film catalogs of thirty to fourty years ago, and after all those government searches denying its existence, we found it! (See enclosed certification from the Library of Congress) We donated two VHS copies of "HFV" into the Library of Congress, and they were accepted on May 19, 1989.

 
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