Don’t know about the kids back then but you may want to check this out:
“Burke asserted that Washington & Jefferson were said to exchange smoking blends as personal gifts. Washington reportedly preferred a pipe full of “the leaves of hemp” to alcohol, & wrote in his diaries that he enjoyed the fragrance of hemp flowers. Madison once remarked that hemp gave him insight to create a new & democratic nation. Monroe, creator of the Monroe Doctrine, began smoking it as Ambassador to France & continued to the age of 73. Burke. “Pot & Presidents.” in Green Egg. CA. June 21, 1975”
Someone wrote this BS in a book and someone else has taken it as Gospel - I’m amazed.
That's actually a hoax printed in Green Egg magazine a long tie ago. Green Egg touts itself as a pagan magazine by the way. This “Dr. Burke” who allegedly wrote that piece does not exist, nor does the “American Historical Reference Society” he was allegedly president of back when this piece came out. The Smithsonian Institute has never heard of him even though he was supposedly a consultant for them. This footnote you have cited is the only place you will ever see anyone quoting Washington or Madison or Jefferson talking about smoking pot. I don't know if anyone in this country was smoking any of the hemp they grew back then, or if it was even worth smoking. If it was popular then we'd have a lot more than this bogus footnote to indicate that. You can find all sorts of writings about hemp production and hemp uses from back then, but nothing on people using it here for medicinal or recreational purposes at that time. You can find all sorts of recipes for beer and spirits from Washington and others in that period, and plenty of writing about all the drinking going on, but nothing about smoking pot. Odds are it just wasn't done here back then. That started changing some toward the mid 1800s, but what was being consumed was generally imported hash and marijuana, foreign or domestic, never became really popular in this country till the 1960s.