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The story of hemp in Virginia is an old one

Jack Jacobs' article in Saturday's Gazette should have taken a look at the history of growing Hemp in Virginia. In Virginia history classes, 1619 is called the Red Letter Year because of four events which changed the direction of the colony.

The first was local governance; the second was the arrival of the first female settlers, thereby cementing the colony as a permanent venture.

The third was the arrival of the first black settlers. As I was taught, they were taken from a Spanish slave galley and brought to Virginia, where they became indentured servants and freed at the end of the indenture, given land and tools to improve it and encouraged to become members of the...