This is a research paper on the history of Marijuana.

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The History Of Marijuana

The history of marijuana is quite interesting. Marijuana has gone from being an important crop of the early settlers, to being outlawed in many countries, including the United States. To better understand marijuana, I will trace it back to its origins, and explain how marijuana was used in the beginning. I will then take a closer look at the history of marijuana in the United States and how this plant has evolved over the years. An interesting fact that one should ponder is that ?in 1762 Virginia imposed penalties on those who did not produce it [marijuana]? (Sloman 21). This is quite a contrast to how marijuana is treated today. If one is caught growing, selling, or even using marijuana, there is consequences
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?Marijuana has been recorded to be used by colonists as early as 1629? (Drug Culture). In our history lessons it is barely ever mentioned that marijuana was vital to the early settlers. The professors only speak of cotton, and rice, and potatoes, but not marijuana. It is an important fact that should be discussed. If one of our founding fathers was known to grow this natural weed, then why is it not taught in our history lessons?

One of the early colonists who grew hemp [ marijuana ] was George Washington. In his diary entry of August 7, 1765, Washington noted: ?begin to separate the Male from the Female hemp at Do- rather too late.? And two days later: ?Abt. 6 o?clock put some Hemp in river to rot-.? And in September of that year, our gentleman farmer chronicled: ?Began to pull Seed Hemp - but not sufficiently ripe.? (Sloman 21)

These entries by George Washington simply suggest two things. First it suggests that Washington was growing marijuana to use for the psychological quality because he was carefully separating the male plant from the female plant. Second, it suggests that he was merely soaking, not smoking his pot, because he let it rot in the river to get tough, as most marijuana growers did back then. Nevertheless, Washington did cultivate this plant, and the specific reason is not known for sure, but one can only speculate it was either for survival, or he simply enjoyed the euphoric qualities of this plant when carefully cultivated.

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