By Derrick Stanley
Bruce Michael Dietzen of Florida has built a convertible sports car made from cannabis hemp. He has been promoted as possibly leading the charge in making carbon-neutral vehicles.
He hopes his environmentally friendly car will help remove the negative stigma often associated with the cannabis plant.
“Cannabis hemp is still considered a dangerous drug according to the government. It’s considered as dangerous as heroin or cocaine — it’s insane!” he said. “This green machine is made from three plies of woven hemp, making it lighter than cars made from fiberglass.”
The body of the car, built on a Mazda chassis, is at least 10 times more dent-resistant than steel, so it would fare much better in an accident.
“The body of the car uses about 100 pounds (45kg) of woven hemp,” he said.
Dietzen was inspired to build the car after hearing about Henry Ford using the material in 1941 to build the world's first soybean-hemp car.
Acquiring the material to build the car was harder than he expected.
“I live in Florida, hemp is still illegal to grow so I had to import the woven material all the way from China because we still don’t have the facilities that can make hemp fabrics,” he said.