1774-1824 - THOMAS JEFFERSON GROWS HEMP AT MONTICELLO
“Thomas Jefferson did grow hemp [as noted in his farming diaries from 1774-1824], but there is no evidence to suggest that Jefferson was a habitual smoker of hemp, tobacco, or any other substance. Some have pointed to a supposed reference in Jefferson’s Farm Book to separating male and female hemp plants as evidence that he was cultivating it for purposes of recreational smoking; no such reference exists in Jefferson’s Farm Book or any other document, although George Washington did record such a thing in his own diary…”
Thomas Jefferson Foundation “Spurious Quotations,” Monticello.org (accessed Sep. 23, 2011)
Thomas Jefferson’s Farm Book, 1774-1824, page 95. Click for full page.
Thomas Jefferson Papers: An Electronic Archive, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2003