America’s Founding Fathers used cannabis for many practical, everyday things, and to get high. If they could see us now, sending former cannabis seed retailer Marc Emery to rot in the godforsaken gulag of America, the world’s largest jailer, they would be spinning in their graves so fast that we could solve climate change by generating energy from the spinning corpses of America’s Founding Fathers.
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor and Franklin Pierce were early American presidents and cannabis users, according to Dr. Burke, president of the American Historical Reference Society and a consultant for the Smithsonian Institute.
According to MarijuanaLibrary.org, “Hemp farmer Thomas Jefferson and paper maker Ben Franklin were ambassadors to France during the initial surge of the hashish vogue. Their celebrity status and progressive revolutionary image afforded them ample opportunities to try new experiences. Jefferson smuggled Chinese hemp seeds to America and is credited with the phrase in the Declaration of Independence, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” ” Thomas Jefferson and George Washington used to exchange gifts of hemp smoking blends.
The Chinese valued their cannabis genetics so much that it was a capital offense to smuggle hemp seeds out of the country. Should Thomas Jefferson have been executed by the Chinese for smuggling the hemp seeds that were so essential to many aspects of early American everyday life? Should Marc Emery be jailed because he was fundraising for the legalization movement?
Here are some pro-cannabis and anti-prohibition quotes by some of America’s most influential historical and contemporary figures.
“Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!”
– George Washington, U.S. President, in a note to his gardener at Mount Vernon
“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.” – Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President
“Some of my finest hours have been spent on the back of my veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as the eye can see.” – Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President