How the DEA Scrubbed Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Poppy Garden from Public Memory
Visitors to Monticello don’t learn how Jefferson cultivated poppies, and his personal opium use may as well never have happened.
The following is an excerpt from Jim Hogshire’s “Opium for the Masses: Harvesting Nature’s Best Pain Medication” (Feral House, 2009).
Thomas Jefferson was a drug criminal. But he managed to escape the terrible sword of justice by dying a century before the DEA was created. In 1987 agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency showed up at Monticello, Jefferson’s famous estate.