In honor of GW’s 283rd Birthday this summer, it’s time to look at the most important question lingering fromn his legacy: did the dude really get high?

A letter Big Bad George’s reads, “Began to separate the male from female plants rather too late…Pulling up the (male) hemp. Was too late for the blossom hemp by three weeks or a month.” So not only could he have been a smoker, he definitely was a grower. And I thought Barack was kind of cool.

Washington had real bad chompers. They were replaced at certain point with dentures made of hippo ivory, brass screws and gold springs. These were about as painful as they sound, and some believed that he took medicinal marijuana to help him deal with it.

Of course some downer historians who are more into accuracy than wild conjecture argue that Washington might have just been trying to separate the plants for the purpose of isolating seeds and growing more hemp. But since we can’t know for sure, let’s just try to imagine that he liked to party.

And he wasn’t the only founding father who did. Thomas Jefferson was a drug mule of yesteryear. That guy brought a huge variety of cannabis seeds to America at a huge risk to himself. There is no evidence that he used them for recreational purposes, but is there evidence that he didn’t? Or for that matter evidence that he didn’t invent crack cocaine? Not that I know of. Benjamin Franklin got all fucked up on laudanum, an old timey drink that combined opium and alcohol and sounds awesome.

Happy 283rd b-day, GW! I know wherever you are, you’re looking forward to your 420th.

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Natalie