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Hemp has been cultivated for millennia with carbon tests dating hemp back to 8,000 BC. In North America, hemp is thought to have arrived with European settlers. During the 17th century, farmers in Virginia, Massachusetts and Connecticut were ordered by law to grow hemp. By the 18th century, a person could be sentenced to jail for not growing hemp. Interestingly, for over many years, hemp was also considered legal tender to pay taxes in America - how times have changed!