Cannabis and Legalization is as American Made as it Gets. What Gives?
So long apple pie! The real icon of what’s American made is now cannabis. From the very beginnings of the American experiment, cannabis played a vital role in establishing a versatile cash crop that kept the country’s early agricultural economy in fighting shape. Cannabis has also aided U.S. war efforts, protected citizens, and helped fuel the creativity of pop culture that became America’s defining export on the world. The Colonial Days There is a tendency to idealize the founding of America. The Revolutionary War and founding fathers stand above all others in the great pantheon of American hero worship. Children are taught tall tales about George Washington’s refusal to lie and Benjamin Franklin holding onto a kite during a thunderstorm. While the history books make mention of America’s first landed gentry farming tobacco, the true cash crop of the time, hemp, is often passed by. George Washington may not have cut down his father’s cherry tree, but there’s no doubt that he grew acres of hemp at his Mount Vernon home in Virginia. President Washington wasn’t alone, either. Many of the founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, used their land to cultivate American made hemp for clothing, ropes, and ship sails. Hemp was so useful and in such demand that Virginia ordered all its farmers to grow hemp for in 1632. Cannabis plants were illegal for decades in the U.S., there was a time when it was illegal not to grow weed. Cannabis Comes to America While hemp…
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