Newt Gingrich: Hemp-Growing Founding Fathers Would Crack Down On Pot Farmers

Gingrich said today in New Hampshire that the founding fathers would “strongly discourage” marijuana growers. Didn’t Thomas Jefferson and George Washington both grow hemp?

CONCORD, NH — Newt Gingrich is already in New Hampshire and kicked off his day with a town hall meeting in Concord. Gingrich fielded a number of questions about drug policy, including one from a man who said that many in the Live Free or Die state don’t like the federal government’s involvement in stopping weed growing operations. “Would Thomas Jefferson or George Washington be arrested for growing marijuana?” the man asked.

Gingrich responded, “I think Jefferson and George Washington would strongly discourage you from growing marijuana, and their tactics to stop you would be more violent than they would be today.”

Gingrich, a historian, did not mention that both Washington and Jefferson grew hemp on their plantations.

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