February 22, 2022, Jasper, Florida – Hemp’s Presidential history began in our country more than 200 years ago. In fact, our country’s history with hemp is older than the country itself. The first five presidents all grew hemp and several spoke extensively about the impact the crop could have on the country’s wealth and security.
George Washington cultivated hemp at Mount Vernon for industrial uses, such as ropes and clothing. He even considered whether hemp could be a more lucrative crop than tobacco at one point in the 1760’s. Ultimately, he decided wheat was a better alternative. Farm reports and diaries suggest he grew at all five of his farms: Mount Vernon, Mansion House, River Farm, Dogue Run Farm, Muddy Hold Farm, and Union Farm. Dean Norton, Director of Horticulture, at George Washington’s Mount Vernon provides a quick history of Washington’s hemp history in this YouTube video.
When considering Hemp’s Presidential history, it’s no surprise that much has been written about the topic. Reference Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello articles, PBS’ MJ Timeline, and the HIA’s U.S. Hemp History for more information.
Green Point Research (Green Point), is proud to be one of the Southeast’s largest hemp cultivators. Our company appreciates the founding fathers’ advocacy for the cannabis sativa plant.