March 03, 2010
The Founding Dope Fiend
Via Alternet, from Opium for the Masses, by Jim Hogshire:
In 1987 agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency showed up at Monticello, Jefferson's famous estate. Jefferson had planted opium poppies in his medicinal garden, and opium poppies are now deemed illegal. Now, the trouble was the folks at the Monticello Foundation, which preserves and maintains the historic site, were discovered flagrantly continuing Jefferson's crimes. The agents were blunt: The poppies had to be immediately uprooted and destroyed or else they were going to start making arrests, and Monticello Foundation personnel would perhaps face lengthy stretches in prison…
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at March 03, 2010 10:13 AM
Of course they've probably long ago uprooted his cannabis. George Washington's, too.