Gainesville was once well-known for its marijuana

FLORIDA: Flashback to the 1970s.

Gainesville Green was the primo high, putting that cheap Mexican and Jamaican weed to shame.

Pot wasn’t just for long-haired hippies — farmers grew it to make some extra cash.

The annual Hempfest events in downtown Gainesville drew thousands, many of whom scrambled for joints in the doobie toss.

Subterranean Circus off West University Avenue was the top head shop and a compound of houses off Southwest Fourth Street was called Fort Ganga.

Given Gainesville’s history with marijuana, it should be no surprise that a novel proposal to dock funding for the Sheriff’s Office for each arrest for a small amount of pot should sprout here.

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