During a town hall event in New Hampshire on Wednesday, Newt Gingrich falsely stated that the Founding Fathers would violently oppose Americans who grow and use marijuana today.
“I think Jefferson or George Washington would have rather strongly discouraged you from growing marijuana and their techniques with dealing with it would have been rather more violent than our current government.”
Here’s the video:
Newt Gingrich calls himself a historian, yet he apparently has no knowledge of the fact that two Founders, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, produced hemp on their plantations for use in the production of ropes, textiles, and other products and even smoked it on occasion. Even John Adams supported hemp growth and usage. It’s more likely that the Founders would be screaming at the government to make marijuana legal once again as it was prior to the early twentieth century when corporate businessmen and religious groups lobbied the government to pass laws against the plant.
Perhaps another lesson is in store for Gingrich but I’ll let Washington, Adams, and Jefferson do the teaching.
“Some of my finest hours have been spent sitting on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.”
“Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere !” ~George Washington
“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.”
“We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.”
Republicans know nothing about the Founding Fathers. They prove it daily. This is just another example.