Protected Under Plausible Deniability Clause of 2011
Name: President George Washington
Notes: American Icon
His efforts in the American Revolution are well known and it is indeed an indisputable fact that the first president grew Hemp all over his Mount Vernon estate for 3 decades. It is known that the first US flag, created by Betsy Ross in 1776, was made from Hemp, and the Declaration of Independence was drafted on Hemp paper. Hemp supported America's birth as a nation as a sustainable resource vital to our efforts.
Some debate continues about whether Washington actually grew resinous (medicinal) Hemp. The quotes below about India Hemp being better than Common Hemp seems to prove he did. Washington would roll in his grave if he knew that the amount of Hemp he grew would land someone in prison. America was founded with Hemp a crucial part of the economy. In 1762 Virginia imposed penalties on those that did NOT grow Hemp. A solution to current climate and energy issues could be to bring those laws back!
"Make the most of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere." - Washington, 1794
"I wouldn't miss the hemp harvest at Mount Vernon for all the tea in China."
"What was done with the seed saved from the India Hemp last summer? It ought, all of it, to have been sewn again; that not only a stock of seed sufficient for my own purposes might have been raised, but to have disseminated the seed to others; as it is more valuable than the common Hemp." - Writings of Washington
Some Hemp discreditors emphasize that Washington was also known to have slaves. This investigation agrees that:
'failure to act publicly upon his growing private misgivings about slavery during his lifetime is seen by some historians as a tragically missed opportunity.' - Wikipedia
"I never mean ... to possess another slave by purchase; it being among my first wishes to see some plan adopted, by which slavery in this Country may be abolished by slow, sure and imperceptible degrees."
It is too bad he didn't use his leadership to change the public perception, but that issue was left for Lincoln to finally conquer. Defeating the British and growing a bunch of Hemp were just some of the many things he did accomplish.