American cannabis has played a pivotal role in the country’s culture and history. It began, as it did in so many other places, with hemp. Hemp was used to make rope, sails, clothes, food, fuel, paper and construction materials. Hemp farming was so important in early America that towns across the country named themselves after it. In 1619 Virginia even passed a law that said all farms in the colony needed a hemp plantation. However, the rise of cotton to replace the itchy fibres of hemp meant the plant fell out of popularity. By the time the Civil War ended, hemp usage had dwindled as cotton production increased. But that wasn’t the death of the hemp plant. The Beginning of American Cannabis Culture In the early 1900s, Mexican immigrants fleeing the Mexican Revolution brought cannabis with them. It’s here the term “marijuana” entered the public lexicon. It became popular with the black jazz community as well.
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Source : Happy 4th of July – American Cannabis History
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