Then and Now –Ya Wanna Get High?

Then and Now –Ya Wanna Get High?

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This is your photo of the day sent to me by Tammy Marion– The poster swore it was NOT photo shopped. What say you? Linda always believes the McNeelys… As Gary Box said: “Trust the McNeelys to always be thinking ahead”

Xurk Mcneely posted the photo on Facebook
March 18 at 12:47 PM ·
Lanark 1880 back before it was illegal ..


Tweed in Smiths Falls-Since 2014, they’ve been producing high-quality cannabis products for tens of thousands of Canadians.


Over 4.3 million square feet of indoor and greenhouse cultivation space in Canada, and have partnered with experts in the industry, international growers, and more.


Did you know..—photo 1905. your Canadian fact of the day.. Hemp was grown throughout the western and central provinces of Canada well before confederation. It is known that hemp was grown under the French regime, and was the first crop to be subsidized by government. In 1801, the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada distributed hemp seeds to farmers. Edward Allen Talbot, Esq., while living in the Canadas during the 1820s wrote “Five Years’ Residence in the Canadas”. Talbot wrote that if Canada produced enough hemp to supply Britain, this would end their dependence on a foreign power and greatly benefit Canadian settlers. In 1822, the provincial parliament of Upper Canada allocated £300 for the purchase of machinery to process hemp and £50 a year over three years for repairs. The 1923 budget offered incentives to domestic producers. Mr. Fielding, finance minister said that there was a market in Canada and with some government encouragement a mill could be established in Manitoba to draw from crops in the vicinity. There were six hemp mills in Canada at the time, and the government financed a seventh, the Manitoba Cordage Company.


 Tweed- it’s about more than just growing seeds into plants. It’s about starting a conversation and opening minds to fresh perspectives. And, perhaps most of all, it’s about becoming a part of the fabric of every neighbourhood that welcomes



Mother plants- they are constantly working to refine well-known strains from around the world, while also breeding proprietary genetics.


  • Hemp fact number 1
    It was legal to pay taxes with hemp in America from 1631 until the early 1800s. Hemp was not the only crop a person could use for paying taxes. Tobacco, cotton, lumber and alcohol have all been used as currency in the United States as well. The reason for making it legal tender was to encourage farmers to grow more. You could then pay your taxes with cannabis hemp throughout America for over 200 years.
  • Hemp fact number 2
    At one time hemp was legal. Not only was it legal, the law required the growing of it. In fact, refusing to grow hemp in America during the 17th and 18th centuries was actually against the law. You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow hemp from 1763 to 1769. Imagine that.
  • Hemp fact number 3
    The first crop to grow in many American states was industrial hemp. 1850 was a peak year for Kentucky, producing 40,000 tons. Hemp was the largest cash crop until the 20th century. With 80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linen, drapes, bed sheets, etc., being made from hemp, it was one of the hottest crops for farmers to grow.
Photos were shot in Tweed in Smiths Falls– Click here for their site
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Before the TWEED plant was the Hershey Chocolate Factory




NOW They are still making edibles:)


Come on in!!!






The Menasha Record
Menasha, Wisconsin
31 May 1912, Fri  •  Page 3



The Windsor Star
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
29 Jan 1894, Mon  •  Page 3



Calgary Herald
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
05 Feb 1918, Tue  •  Page 15

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte






    Things were a lot fancier than today. In the United States and Europe, the use of cannabis resin and tinctures was associated with orientalism, a romantic notion of the exotic lands of the East, where exotic people did exotic things, while dressed in exotic silks and eating exotic foods. It was completely over the top.

    Around 1854, Fitz-Hugh Ludlow, a student at Union College in Schenectady, New York purchased a Tilden & Company’s Indian Hemp Extract from his local apothecary. This cannabis tincture was claimed to fight off everything from rabies to tetanus. Ludlow had read of “hasheesh eaters” in a popular magazine account written by Bayard Taylor in Putnam’s Magazine. Young Ludlow started consuming massive amounts of this drug, and found himself hallucinating Silk Road palaces filled with panjandrums right there in upstate New York. In his own words,

    “from Greece to farthest China, lay within the compass of a township; no outlay was necessary for the journey. For the humble sum of six cents I might purchase an excursion ticket over all the earth; ships and dromedaries, tents and hospices were all contained in a box of Tilden’s extract.”

    Yes, he was so high that he was hallucinating ships and camels… what they call “Johnny Cash eating cake in a bush” high.

     No photos of Ludlow exist LOLOL



About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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