At George Washington’s Mount Vernon, A Luscious Crop of Cannabis Nears Harvest Time

At George Washington’s Mount Vernon, A Luscious Crop of Cannabis Nears Harvest Time

Mount Vernon has started growing hemp in recognition of Washington's crops.

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August 8, 2018
Washington Post
State by State: Virginia

Dean Norton, director of horticulture at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, pulls out his cellphone and cranks up some Jimi Hendrix music as he walks toward the cannabis patch on the founding father’s estate.

The “weed” is tall, planted in tight rows and has the serrated leaf edges of your classic ganja. ...

It’s industrial hemp, the kind Henry Ford sought to build cars with. And Mount Vernon has started growing it because George Washington did.

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