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Know your history

Discussion in 'Seasoned Marijuana Users' started by Poisongage, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. Take special note of Sir Leonhard Fuchs who gave our Queen of the plant kingdom her name, Cannabis.

    Taken from here:

    16 Famous People Who Grew Marijuana-Or Ordered It Grown

    1. SHAYKH AZ-ZAWAJI HAYDAR (c. 1150-1221)

    Persian founder of the Haydari order of Sufis, he is credited with discovering hashish and cultivating hemp in his monastery in Khurasan. By his order, hemp was planted around his tomb, which is still visited by Sufi pilgrims.

    2. JALAL-UD-DIN MUHAMMAD (1483-1530)

    First Mogul emperor of India, he loved hashish sweetmeats and planted hemp near Delhi. His grandson Akbar the Great (1542-1605) expanded the empire to include Afghanistan and Bengal and systemized hemp and poppy cultivation throughout northern India.

    3. GARCIA DA ORTA (c. 1490-1570)

    Portugese physician in Goa, he grew marijuana and other medicines and discussed their use in his Cooloquies on the Simples and Drugs of India (1563). The third book printed in India, it was widely consulted by herbalists during the Age of Exploration.

    4. FRANCOIS RABELAIS (1494?-1553)

    French author of Gargantua and Pantagruel, he grew up on a hemp farm which his father had inherited. His intimate knowledge of hemp cultivation is revealed in the chapter on the herb Pantagruelion in book 3 of Pantagruel.

    5. LEONHARD FUCHS (1501-1566)

    German botanist, he grew marijuana and other drug plants and had his artists draw them from life for his book De Historia Stirpium (1542). Fuchs gave the plant its present botanical name, Cannabis sativa.

    6. JAMES I (1566-1625)

    Hoping to establish a colonial fiber source, the King of England allowed gardens for hemp and flax cultivation to be given to each Jamestown colonist in 1611; this was the first private property in Virginia. In 1619 the first representative government in the colonies, the Virginia General Assembly, required all householders having any hemp seed to plant it the next season. This was America's first marijuana law.

    7. WILLIAM BYRD II (1674-1744)

    In 1737 this Virginia planter, trying to collect bounties for hemp offered by the British government, sowed hemp on his 180,000-acre plantation called Westover. Byrd reported: "It thrives very well in this climate, but labour being much dearer than in Muscovey, as well as the freight, we can make no earnings of it."

    8. CAROLUS LINNAEUS (1707-1778)

    Swedish father of modern botany and inventor of the binomial classification system for plants and animals, in 1753 he subsumed all varieties of hemp under the name Cannabis sativa. Linnaeus raised marijuana on his windowsill while investigating plant sexuality in 1760.

    9. GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799)

    This U.S. president imported hemp seeds from all over the world and planted them in his vineyard at Mt. Vernon from 1765 to 1796. He hoped to establish an American hemp industry able to compete with those of England, Russia and Italy.

    10. THOMAS JEFFERSON (1743-1826)

    One of the most versatile U.S. presidents, he planted an acre of hemp at Monticello in 1811, wrote a pamphlet on hemp cultivation, and invented a power machine for breaking hemp in 1815.

    11. HENRY CLAY (1777-1852)

    U.S. senator from Kentucky, he got a bill passed in 1810 that required the navy to purchase American hemp products rather than imported ones. This established hemp as the foremost cash crop of Kentucky, a position it held until the Civil War.

    12. SIR ROBERT CHRISTISON (1797-1882)

    Scottish toxicologist and president of the British Medical Association, Dr. Christison cultivated marijuana in his father's botanical garden at the Edinburgh College of Physicians. His noted works on plant drugs are still consulted by modern pharmacologists.

    13. THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858-1919)

    This U.S. president established a federal "poison farm" in Washington D.C., in 1904, near the site now occupied by the Pentagon. Fields of marijuana, opium, coca, and other drugs were planted so the U.S. wouldn't have to import them.

    14. HENRY FORD (1863-1947)

    Pioneer automobile manufacturer, he cultivated a marijuana crop for "experimental purposes," which he surrounded with a cyclone fence. Supposedly the plot was destroyed after his death, but his family later found the marijuana growing wild.

    15. LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON (1908-1973)

    While U.S. president, he signed a bill establishing the federal marijuana farm at the University of Mississippi in July, 1968, as a research center for the botany, chemistry, and cultivation of the drug. This farm now supplies most of the marijuana used for official medical research in America.

    16. TOMMY RETTIG (1941- )

    Former child star of the TV series Lassie, Rettig was arrested in 1972 for growing marijuana on his ranch outside San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  2. there used to be laws that said you had to grow hemp on a percentage of land if you owned a certain number of acres back in the beginning of the U.S. and henry ford was gonna build a car that had hemp as the man fuel and used it like it was plastic on bumpers and side panels, was lighter and more durable.
  3. And there shall be such a law once more.

    The people demand it :D

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