Advice on Hemp From Benjamin Franklin’s Paper


Pennsylvania Gazette front page



The stoners in Dazed and Confused had one thing right: Colonial Americans, including Virginians Thomas Jefferson and George Washington, did raise hemp (though for practical, not party-at-the-moon-tower, purposes).

This 1729 page from Benjamin Franklin’s Pennsylvania Gazette, held at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, shows that hemp production was a topic of concern among northern farmers as well.


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