Hemp for Victory

Hemp for Victory is a black-and-white United States government film made during World War II and released in 1942, explaining the uses of hemp , encouraging farmers to grow as much as possible.


The film was made to encourage farmers to grow up for the effort because of other industrial fibers, often imported from overseas, were in short supply. The movie shows a history of hemp and hemp products, how hemp is grown, and how hemp is processed into rope , cloth , rope , and other products.

Before 1989, the movie was relatively unknown. The United States government denied ever having made such a movie. [1] The United States Department of Agriculture [2] library and the Library of Congress said that it was not made by the USDA or any branch of the US government. Two VHS copies were collected and donated to the Library of Congress on May 19, 1989 by Maria Farrow , Carl Packard , and Jack Herer .

Known The only copy in 1976 Was a 3/4 “broadcast quality copy of the movie That Was Originally Obtained by William Conde in 1976 from a delay for the Miami Herald and the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church of Jamaica. It was Given in trust That It He was put into the hands of Jack Herer by William Conde during the OMI (Oregon Marijuana Initiative) 1984 The film is now available in many locations on the Internet.

In July 1989, Jack Herer together with Chris Wright, of the Grassroots Party , was unable to locate the movie. Subsequently, in May 1990, the founder of the Institute for Hemp, JT Birrenbach, a copy of the film from the National Archives. [3] The film was a two part film the first section being 6:46 the second being 7:16 long. Together the 15 minute film detailed the cultivation of cannabis for fiber. This was the first recovery of the film from a government source. This film can be downloaded from the National Archives [4]

Hemp for Victory Was produced by the US Department of Agriculture and contained scenes from the 1926 silent movie Old Ironsides , it is public domain and is freely available for download from the Internet Archive .

The film, more clips shown, was referenced to an episode of 10 Things You Do not Know About Marijuana and Its History.


Hemp for Victory is also published in London by Whitaker Press ( ISBN  0-9549939-0-X ). Kenyon Gibson, Nick and Cindy Mackintosh, Woody Harrelson, Mina Hegaard, and Sam Heslop.


In 2008 efforts were made to make the film by UK-based production as a series of short films. It was developed as a film series of 60 minutes each. The first part is starred by David Hayman and Jack Herer . The second part released at the 2009 Seattle HempFest had Steve Levine and Andrea Hermann on the speaker panel. [5] The movie did not have a full official release. It was released on 2012 remake at select locations. [6]

See also

Cannabis College

  • The Emperor Wears No Clothes
  • Legal history of cannabis in the United States
  • List of films in the United States
  • Reefer Madness , 1936 movie
  • United States home front during World War II


  1. Jump up^ Robinson, Rowan (1996). The Great Book of Hemp: The Complete Guide to the Environmental, Commercial and Medicinal Uses of the World’s Most Extraordinary Plant . Park Street Press . ISBN  978-089281541-8 .
  2. Jump up^ http://www.theinstituteforcannabis.org/history/usda/hemp-for-victory-the-true-story/
  3. Jump up^ http://www.theinstituteforcannabis.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/HFV.jpg
  4. Jump up^ https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1682
  5. Jump up^ “Hemp for Victory II – Seattle Hempfest 2009 Video Clip” .
  6. Jump up^ “Hemp for Victory – 2012 Remake” .