“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 fibreglass.”
And with a body at least 10 times more dent-resistant than steel, the car wouldn’t need as much of a fix after an accident.
Dietzen was inspired to build the sports car after hearing about renowned industrialist, Henry Ford, using the durable material in 1941 to build the world’s first Soybean/Hemp car.
Building the cannabis car, however was no easy feat for Dietzen as acquiring the controversial material proved more difficult 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.
It cost $200,000 to build the car, which runs on a bio fuel made from recycled agricultural waste that is expected to have a much lower carbon footprint than standard electric-powered cars.
“Many states are starting to make it legal. It’s a really great sign as we’re getting back to the point where we’re starting to make products out of industrial hemp just as Henry Ford suggested we should do,” he said.
But one question remains… why is the car red and not green?