1. It was Once Illegal to NOT Grow Hemp…
In 1619, America’s first marijuana law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia,
“ordering” all farmers to grow Indian hemp seed. More mandatory laws concerning hemp cultivation were put in place in Massachusetts, Connecticut and the Chesapeake Colonies from the 1630’s into the mid-1700’s.
Cannabis hemp was used as money in most of the Americas from 1631 until the
early 1800’s in order to entice American farmers to grow more.
You could pay your taxes with cannabis hemp throughout America for over 200 years.
You could even be sent to prison in America for NOT growing cannabis during several periods of
hemp shortage, e.g., in Virginia between 1763 and 1767.
Even in England, full British citizenship was bestowed by a decree of the crown on foreigners who would grow cannabis, and fines were often levied against those who refused.
Hemp growing became commonplace in Britain under the Romans and continued into the mid-1940’s. In the 16th century Henry VIII made hemp cultivation obligatory. He was interested in it for making rope – very important, especially to ships in those days.
So yes, it was illegal at one time to NOT grow it…
“Make The Most of the Hemp Seed. Sow it everywhere”
George Washington 1784