In order to pay homage to all of those people who think weed should still be illegal, here is a quick history lesson on the use of weed and hemp in America.
1. Our past three presidents (Clinton, Bush and Obama) who will serve a total of six terms over 24 years have all admitted to smoking pot—with two admitting to inhaling!
2. It is rumored that the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
3. It is also rumored that the first American Flag was sewn with hemp rope.
4. Both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington dabbled in weed, and both even cultivated it.
5. Medicinal marijuana was first legalized by California almost 20 years ago in 1996.
6. The first step to criminalizing marijuana wasn't actually taken until 1937.
7. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has been around for almost 50 years.
8. While it wasn't the first state to decriminalize marijuana all together, Oregon was the first state to make the punishment for small amounts of weed only punishable by fine.
9. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) wasn't formed until 1973.
10. The iconic "this is your brain on drugs" frying pan commercial debuted almost 30 years ago.
11. The world's most accomplished Olympian (that's a fact) hails from America, and also admits to inhaling some weed.
12. In 1762, Virginians were penalized if they did not produce hemp.
13. The American South seems reluctant to address the benefits of marijuana, but just a short time ago in the 19th century, hemp plantations flourished in Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina.
Weed isn't a new issue by any means, and a lot of the progress that was made before our time gets lost between the pages. Marijuana played an integral role in the formation of this country, and has only been illegal for a short time comparatively. For all you staunch non-smokers out there, we urge you to give weed a change. Your ancestors, your presidents, and your athletes sure did.