The Pentagon Was a Hemp Field

Okay, not the Pentagon, but the land it sits on.

A buddy of mine sent me a link to a web page called Toke of the Town. On the site is an article that appears to have been gleaned from the Washington Post. It’s about one Lyster Dewey, a botanist. “Okay, a botanist,” you may be thinking. “So what. What makes Dewey so special?” Well, I’ll tell ya’.

Dewey kept a journal about growing several strains of hemp on a piece of property called the Arlington Farm. The Pentagon now sits on that piece of property. I haven’t decided whether that’s pretty cool or I’m bummed because the hemp is no longer there. Can it be both?

This was a U.S. hemp farm during the 19th and 20th centuries. It was handed over to the War Department in the ’40s for construction of the Pentagon.

These journals and photographs are now in the hands of the Hemp Industries Association. How they ended up there is a long tale about a yard sale, the journals being split up and then reunited, eBay… A benefactor of the association, David Bronner negotiated a price of four grand for the historical records. Bronner might sound familiar to a few of you folks. He was one of the protestors arrested for planting hemp seeds in the lawn of the DEA.

The Hemp Industries Association intends to begin displaying these journals this Monday, May 24. Their hope is to educate people about hemp and the fact that the Government grew hemp to supply the military with cordage.

Pretty cool, huh? This is as good as, or better than, the USDA film, Hemp for Victory.”

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