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Hemp most likely originated in southeast Asia more than 10,000 years ago. In the early seventeenth century, King James of England ordered colonists in the New World to plant the crop, which grows tall and skinny like bamboo and has the same notorious leaves as pot. Hemp was prized as a source of fiber with which to make durable ropes and ship sails, clothing and other textiles. Hemp seeds were used as health food, and hemp oil was excellent for burning in lamps and making into paint. Legend has it that the first draft of the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper, and that Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag from hemp fabric.