Cheech & Chong's Dream of the Hemp Car is Real

It's great that one single plant could solve most of the worlds problems. Hemp has over 50 thousands uses. The problem is no one will let it, because hemp is realy a large threat to corporations that control energy, medicine and a number of other industries.

The Kestrel, hemp based car, was designed in Canada by Calgary-based Motive Industries Inc. And much unlike the United States, the Canadian Government welcomes the idea of hemp farming and actually invests into the industry.

It's a three-door hatchback that runs on battery power and made from "hemp composite as strong as the fiberglass in boats, yet incredibly lightweight," Nathan Armstrong, the president of Motive Industries, explained to Popular Science. The composite is made by infusing hemp stalks with polymer resin. It weighs in at not 2,500 pounds and has much better fuel efficiency than other cars and has a very affordable price given the fact that hemp is very easy to grow and requires nothing but the sun. It fits 4 passengers and the production version of it was supposed to be available this year.

Unlike most electric vehicles, the Kestrel relies entirely on electrical power. A 16 kWh lithium-ion battery will allow the Kestrel to go up to 160 km per charge, with a top speed between 90 to 130 km/hr. The Kestrel passed its crash test with flying colors, and upon impact all of its panels bounce right back into shape, much unlike steel!

For thousands of years, 90 percent of all ships rope and sails made from hemp. Hemp is an unlimited, forever lasting resource. For that reason alone it is a threat to our current financial and economic systems. It seems the systems we have in place are used to justify why products like this cannot be mass marketed and mass distributed. It's time for a change, and it's time for us to implement new methods and technologies that are more harmonious with the planet.

This story originally appeared on cannasos.com