420 with CNW — UK Attorney Manufactures Wigs from Hemp as Horsehair Wig Alternatives

Last year, a U.K.-based attorney previewed a line of hemp wigs that he would like lawyers in the high courts to start wearing in place of wigs made from horsehair. The attorney, Samuel March, stated that wigs made from horsehair, which have been used for hundreds of years by barristers, could be replaced with hemp-based wigs as they are a more environmentally sustainable and animal-friendly alternative to the former head coverings.

In a recent interview, March explained that hemp was a tough material that would likely not experience issues such as wear and tear, noting that his target market was vegan barristers. March established a company, Hemp & Hemp, to market and distribute the marijuana-based headwear. The company’s website states that it manufactures the first ever vegan-friendly, plant-based wigs for barristers in the world.

While the U.K. government has not been as progressive with regard to cannabis reform, it has embraced the use of hemp in various applications over the years. In the interview, March acknowledged that he wasn’t trying to push his wigs on all lawyers, noting that hemp wigs aren’t for everyone. In addition, he explained that preserving the legal tradition of wearing wigs needed to be made optional for individuals who had Afro hair, those who wore headscarves and turbans, or individuals who felt uncomfortable dressing as a white man circa the 1700s.

March added that not every barrister was male, white and privately educated, which echoes a point made by Leslie Thomas, who criticized the culturally insensitive tradition that requires lawyers to don horsehair wigs in order to appear in court. Thomas, a Black barrister, explained that the wig mandate represented and signified a culturally inconsiderate atmosphere.

This issue is visible in various instances, including one instance when Michael Etienne, who grows his hair in an Afro, was threatened with disciplinary action if he made the decision to not cover his hair using the horsehair wig.

Currently, March’s wig is in its testing phase for interested barristers.

Meanwhile, officials and legislators in other nations have been trying to normalize the use of hemp. For instance, the public transit authority in Berlin offered edible hemp-infused tickets the holiday travel season last year.

In America, the Department of Energy is also funding a project that involves the development of fiber insulation, which has been developed to be better for public health and the environment. Additionally, the Environmental Protection Agency announced recently that it would be awarding a grant to develop sustainable bricks manufactured from industrial hemp.

While cannabis products such as smokable flower made by entities such as Flora Growth Corp. (NASDAQ: FLGC) are the most common, more products can be made using this versatile plant, and the world is gradually being introduced to those other products.

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