Fact checking Gingrich on marijuana and the founders

During a town hall-style campaign appearance in Concord, N.H., Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich defended his strong anti-drug stance, invoking a little help from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

When an attendee suggested founding era politicians took a much more lenient stance on marijuana, Gingrich disagreed.

“I think Jefferson or George Washington would have rather strongly discouraged you from growing marijuana, and their techniques with dealing with it would have been rather more violent than our current government,” Gingrich said.

Really, Newt?

In fact, both Washington and Jefferson grew hemp. In a memo dated Sept. 23, 1789, Jefferson wrote to Monticello overseer Manoah Clarkson, “Tend the next year two acres of hemp on east side the river, and 1000 cotton hills for every working hand.”

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Defending the Guard in New Hampshire

Soon, the New Hampshire General Assembly will vote on a resolution on the use – and misuse – of the State’s National Guard troops. HJR21 “A RESOLUTION informing the United States Congress that it is the desire of the general court of New Hampshire that the New Hampshire national guard shall not serve outside the borders of New Hampshire absent a declaration of war.”

Good intentions here, for sure. Article I, Section 8, Clauses 15 and 16 control the organizing, arming, and disciplining of these units as well as when they can be called for for federal duty.

In Article 1, Section 8 Congress Shall have the power…

Clause 15 – To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;

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