Buzz Adams and Jesse Ventura Fight over Whether the Founding Fathers Smoked Weed
The former Governor of Minnesota has written a new book called Jesse Ventura's Marijuana Manifesto.
In it he argues that marijuana should be legal (which I agree with) and he goes into the history of the U.S. government and weed.
In the interview, Ventura cites two erroneous myths: 1.) That George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew marijuana for consumption purposes and 2.) That William Randolph Hearst was the force majeure behind the cultivation of hemp being made illegal.
I tried to correct him but he does what Jesse Ventura always does: he repeats his bad information again but in a louder and more aggressive voice.
The Pothead founding fathers myth is thoroughly debunked, by the way.
The William Randolph Hearst Hemp Conspiracy was debunked in a really good Skeptoid episode, too.
There are numerous pro-legalization arguments that can be made without resorting to tired and fully discredited historical inaccuracies. It's a shame that Jesse Ventura feels he has to trot these lame arguments out but he seems to always be eager to fall for conspiracy theories both new and old.
Here's the complete interview: