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mcg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-19-06 02:52 PM
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12. early settlers were *legally required* to grow hemp
From HempLobby booklet

"Hemp made a similar journey from Europe to the New World when the early settlers
were legally required to grow hemp as an essential part of the ecomony and settlement
effort. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew Hemp and exchanged
growing tips and seed stock. Ben Franklin ran Hemp paper through his printing press
and the working drafts of the Constitution were written on Hemp (the final is on hide).
And even Betsy Ross sewed up the first Stars and Stripes flag with Hemp cloth."

Our founding fathers would have found it un-American to be opposed to hemp.

From Cannabis Culture Forums

Long-haired hippy freak Thomas Jefferson:

"George Washington may well have cultivated some cannabis for medicinal and occasional recreational purposes.
Both he and Thomas Jefferson (who quite disliked tobacco) are known to have exchanged gifts of smoking mixtures.
In the 1790's, Washington also began to cultivate "India Hemp", the resinous variety developed in India."
-- Robert A. Nelson, A History of Hemp, Chapter 2 "Hemp in America"
Available free online at:

"The culture is pernicious. This plant greatly exhausts the soil. Of course, it requires much manure, therefore other productions are deprived of manure, yielding no nourishment for cattle, there is no return for the manure expended... It is impolitic... The fact well established in the system of agriculture is that the best hemp and the best tobacco grow on the same kind of soil. The former article is of the first necessity to the commerce and marine, in other words to the wealth and protection of the country. The latter, never useful and sometimes pernicious, derives its estimation from caprice, and its best value from the taxes to which it was formerly exposed..."
-- Thomas Jefferson
Farm Journal (16 March 1791)

"Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country." -Thomas Jefferson

From The Emperor Wears No Clothes

'American Historical Notes

In 1619, America's first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia, "ordering" all farmers to "make tryal of" (grow) Indian hempseed. More mandatory (must-grow) hemp cultivation laws were enacted in Massachusetts in 1631, in Connecticut in 1632 and in the Chesapeake Colonies into the mid-1700s.

Even in England, the much-sought-after prize of full British citizenship was bestowed by a decree of the crown on foreigners who would grow cannabis, and fines were often levied against those who refused.

Cannabis hemp was legal tender (money) in most of the Americas from 1631 until the early 1800s. Why? To encourage American farmers to grow more.1

You could pay your taxes with cannabis hemp throughout America for over 200 years. ...'

Also,those who think having a vegetarian diet is un-American should

While not a vegetarian, as we understand the term today, Jefferson was unusually moderate in his consumption of meat and was notable for the amount and variety of vegetables that he ate. His granddaughter wrote: "He lived principally on vegetables....The little meat he took seemed mostly as a seasoning for his vegetables." Jefferson's fondness for vegetables can be traced in his garden books that contain thousands of entries detailing the many varieties that he grew for his own consumption. Two of his favorites were peas and cucumbers.
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