Did George Washington Smoke Pot?

George Washington was an American politician and soldier most known as the first President of the United States, as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States who led the American Revolution against Britain, and as the face of the one dollar bill. Washington is also popularly known as the driving force behind establishing America as a nation, giving him the name “Father of the Country”. As a commander, Washington is praised for his selection of generals, command of his army, coordination with state and federal governments, and attention to supply stock. In 1787, Washington moderated the Constitutional Convention, which created a new form of government for the United States. After displaying such great leadership, Washington was unanimously elected as president of the United States by the Electoral College. During his time as president, Washington strengthened and created a well-financed federal government with a wide acceptance among Americans.

Throughout George Washington’s lifetime, he cultivated marijuana, even during the eight years when he was the president of the United States. First, Washington started cultivating hemp to determine whether it was going to be a viable cash crop, “Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.” He continued growing the crop, even expanding to grow on all five of his farms where he recorded very meticulous notes about the hemp fibers, “Began to separate the male from female plants rather too late...Pulling up the (male) hemp. Was too late for the blossom hemp by three weeks or a month.” Some assume that this indicates Washington wanted the female plants with higher THC, because even though his hemp crop was strictly the industrial strain, there’s indication he also used it for his toothaches.

 

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