Despite its growing popularity, hemp is not exactly legal to grow in the United States. Though organizations like Hemp History Week and progressive companies (Dr. Bronner's is a huge advocate) lobby for hemp legality, the 2014 Farm Bill still maintains that industrial hemp (i.e. containing less than 0.3 percent THC) can only be "grown or cultivated for purposes of research conducted under an agricultural pilot program or other agricultural or academic research."
Based in Winnipeg, the co-founders of Manitoba Harvest played instrumental roles in advocating Canadian industrial hemp legalization in 1998. Now celebrating its 16th year, I traveled to Winnipeg to see the company's sterling hemp production practices in action.