4th July is US Independence Day and this powerful nation has been fundamental for many things, but did you know that some of those things are actually hemp-related?
Here are some interesting facts about the relationship between the US and Hemp:
Hemp paper was used to draft and release The United States Declaration of Independence on July 4th 1776.
The growing of US hemp was started by the founding fathers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who had hemp plantations of their own.
American cultivation of hemp was made possible by other founding fathers by smuggling hemp from China through France.
Hemp was used as a legal money to pay for goods and bills from 1631 to the early 1800’s.
Jamestown Colony, Virginia during 1619, established a law ordering farmers to grow hemp. Similar laws were enacted in the likes of Massachusetts (1631), Connecticut (1632) and the Chesapeake Colonies ( mid-1700’s)
And there you have it! Although Hemp is still quite controversial in the US currently, it seems that some fundamentally American aspects such as The Declaration of Independence wouldn’t be here without it. In a way, it is just as influential as the country itself!
Happy 4th July!
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