Besides being founders of our Republic, what did Thomas Jefferson and George Washington have in common? Answer: Hemp.
America's founders were strong promoters of this extraordinarily-useful agricultural crop, and both Jefferson and Washington grew it. The first draft of our Constitution was written on hemp paper, and as late as World War II, the government urgently pushed farmers to grow the crop as part of a "Hemp for Victory" program.
So why are American farmers today prohibited from producing this patriotic, profitable, pesticide-free plant? Political nuttiness. Most recently, in a frenzy of reefer madness, US drug police decided that President Nixon's "Controlled Substance Act of 1970" not only outlawed marijuana, but also its non-narcotic cousin, industrial hemp. If ignorance is bliss, they must've been ecstatic, yet their nuttiness remains the law of our land.