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In the 1950’s, Giant Marijuana Plants Grew All Over Brooklyn

In the 1950’s, Giant Marijuana Plants Grew All Over BrooklynHempIn the photo below, 100 pounds of ganja uprooted in Brooklyn is being hauled off for incinerators in Woodside, Queens.’ (via

While the plants were for hemp purposes, because of the trains in Brooklyn, Hemp seeds would fall off and eventually grow to full size plants.

‘Hemp (from Old English hænep) is a commonly used term for high-growing industrial varieties of the Cannabis plant and its products, which include fiber, oil, and seed. Hemp is refined into products such as hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper, and fuel.’
– Wikipedia

‘In the 1940s and early 50s, pot plants were flourishing in vacant lots throughout the five boroughs. In 1951 over 41,000 pounds of marijuana were uprooted and destroyed by the sanitation department’s weed wacking “White Wing Squad,” so described because of their white uniforms. Queens alone yielded 17,000 pounds for the grim reapers.

“Though the bust in the above article occurred in Greenwich Village, the leader of this group of “strikingly pretty girls” and musicians copped to finding his marijuana “somewhere in Brooklyn.” As to what they were doing “sitting hobo style around a man preparing marijuana in a frying pan” is, however, anyone’s guess.”

Read about the amazing history of New York City’s marijuana jungles at the Brooklyn Public Library’s website. Lots of jaw-dropping photographs.

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