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With use dating back to the Neolithic Age in China, hemp is one of the earliest known domesticated plants. Its history in North America predates European settlement, as noted by Jamestown, Virginia’s Captain Gabriel Archer, who observed it being cultivated by members of a Powhatan village in 1607. In fact, so prevalent was hemp in the early English settlements in America that in 1619, the Virginia House of Burgesses passed an act requiring all planters in Virginia to sow “both English and Indian hemp” on their plantations.
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