American Presidents and Marijuana Use

By Kwame Atoapem
Before marijuana prohibition began in the late 1930’s, many people,
including some of our US leaders grew cannabis for a variety of
reasons. It’s fairly well known that cannabis has thousands of industrial
uses, and has been grown for thousands of years. While simply growing
cannabis is far from proof that someone smoked it, there is still evidence
showing many would-be U.S Presidents enjoyed it for recreational and
medicinal uses.
George Washington
Washington routinely smoked marijuana to alleviate the pain from his ailing
teeth. Washington’s diary recounts his efforts to better cultivate and
enhance his crops of marijuana.
Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson grew cannabis on his plantation and smuggled Chinese hemp seeds to
America. He also is believed to have given special smoking blends out as
personal gifts which is why he makes the list.
James Madison
Madison once remarked that hemp gave him insight to create a new and
democratic nation.
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