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Marijuana In America: History, Culture And People


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George Washington/Thomas Jefferson

Both presidents grew hemp—a sister plant to marijuana used mainly as a fiber crop—on their farms. George Washington grew the crop on his plantation, Mount Vernon, near Alexandria, Va. to make fabrics and rope, according to Historic Mount Vernon. Thomas Jefferson did the same at his Monticello estate outside Charlottesville, Va, according to historians at Monticello. Both presidents wrote numerous letters about the advantages of growing the crop for fabrics, here's one written by Washington and click here to read several notes written by Jefferson.

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