In an example of how diverse the plant can be, Pam Bosch, a resident of Bellingham, Washington, has built two small houses made almost entirely out of hemp.
Bosch, who has never built a house before, is using hemp herd, which she says is like straw but “stronger”, and is using lime mixed with hemp for plaster.
“Anybody can do this,” says Bosch. “Grandma can do it. Grandma’s doing it.”
“We need to be building this way,” Bosch told King 5, who used hemp imported from Europe. “We should have as many buildings as we can that are built out of a renewable resource that sequesters carbon, that is healthy and if it were legal would be very affordable. It’s an agricultural waste product we’re using.”
Because hemp house permits don’t exist, Bosch had to keep the houses from being larger than 120 square feet.
“I’m investing in this because I believe in it and believe someone’s got to do it to make it legal,” says Bosch.