Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp... (Quotation)
Quotation: "Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see."
Variations: None known.
Sources consulted: (searching on "hemp" and "smoking")
Papers of Thomas Jefferson Digital Edition
Thomas Jefferson Retirement Papers
Lipscomb-Bergh Edition (via Google Books)
Status: This statement has not been found in any of the writings of Thomas Jefferson. It appears to be of extremely recent vintage, and does not appear in any secondary print sources available online. Thomas Jefferson did grow hemp, but there is no evidence to suggest that Jefferson was a habitual smoker of hemp, tobacco, or any other substance. Some have pointed to a supposed reference in Jefferson's Farm Book to separating male and female hemp plants as evidence that he was cultivating it for purposes of recreational smoking; no such reference exists in Jefferson's Farm Book or any other document, although George Washington did record such a thing in his own diary: "Began to seperate the Male from the Female hemp at Do.&—rather too late." The editorial note accompanying this comment cites Bernard McMahon's American Gardener's Calendar: "This may arise from their [the male] being coarser, and the stalks larger"
↑ Donald Jackson, ed., Diaries of George Washington, (Charlottesville, Va.: University Press of Virginia, 1976-1979), 1:340.