Peter Norbeck, 1917: Hemp Hemp Hurrah!

Speaking of initiatives, the cannabis advocates hoping to put two marijuana initiatives on the 2016 ballot should look up Governor Peter Norbeck. First South Dakota governor born in Dakota Territory, Republican icon Norbeck made this pitch for hemp in his inaugural speech in 1917:

Gov. Peter Norbeck, comment on hemp, Inaugural Address, Pierre, South Dakota, January 2, 1917.
Gov. Peter Norbeck, comment on hemp, Inaugural Address, Pierre, South Dakota, January 2, 1917.

Forget the recreational-use initiative; go industrial! Grab the Norbeck economic development vote!


2 Responses to Peter Norbeck, 1917: Hemp Hemp Hurrah!

  1. Deb Geelsdottir

    Nice find Cory. How did you happen to run across this?

  2. Now we know how Peter Norbeck came-up with the “pigtail bridges” for the Iron Mountain Road…..;-)