An interesting question emerges and re-emerges from time to time on the Internet: Did America’s Founding Fathers use marijuana?
This question is prompted by spurious quotes circulating in chain emails and online forums from America’s founders discussing the manner in which cannabis might be smoked. It gets a tinge of legitimacy by an interesting, if little-known fact: Some of America’s founders apparently grew hemp.
The assumption, obviously, is that if men like George Washington grew hemp—which is a generic term for varieties of the cannabis plant—then they must have smoked it, right? Well, not exactly.