1611 - 1762 CE
Jamestown settlers bring cannabis to North America

The Jamestown settlers brought the marijuana plant, commonly known as hemp, to North America in 1611. Throughout the colonial period, hemp fiber was an important export. Indeed, in 1762, 'Virginia awarded bounties for hemp culture and manufacture, and imposed penalties on those who did not produce it.'

Source: Segal, B. (2014). Perspectives on Drug Use in the United States. Routledge.

Drugs: Cannabis (marijuana)
Regions: North America, USA (United States of America)
Topics: Cultivation, production and trade