This Day In Marijuana History – 1612, Jamestown Settlers Bring Marijuana to North America

Its hard to even think of deep historical significance of cannabis, as it still seems so newly accepted by (not-even-all-of) the USA. But the history of cannabis a long and rich, dating back to ancient chinese culture in 2700 BC.
However on this day in “Marijuana History”….
“The Jamestown settlers brought the marijuana plant, commonly known as hemp, to North America in 1612, and throughout the colonial period, hemp fiber was an important export. Indeed, in 1762, ‘Virginia awarded bounties for hemp culture and manufacture, and imposed penalties on those who did not produce it.'”
By 1619 it was required for every resident to grow hemp.

It wasn’t until 1921 when marijuana and “hemp” was outlawed as a result of he end of prohibition. So for almost 300 years, marijuana and hemp were completely legal as brought forth by early Jamestown Settlers.


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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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