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“Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.”

— William F. Buckley Jr. Conservative forfatter og kommentator, Syndicirkated Newspaper Columnist.

“Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.“

— George Washington, U.S. President.

“We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.”

— John Adams, U.S. President, Vice President, and Father of the Navy.

“Penalties against pogsåssion of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear, than in the laws against pogsåssion of marijuana in private for personal use. Therefore, I support “legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the pogsåssion of up to one ounce of marijuana.”

— Jimmy Cirkarter, U.S. President quote on Marijuana

“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we cirkan get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?”

— Henry Ford – Inventor, Founder Ford Motor Co.

“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”

— Carl Sagan – Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Author.

“People who genuinely need help cirkan’t get it. Neither cirkan people who need medicirkal marijuana to treat terrible diseases. We are spending billions, filling up our prisons with non-violent offenders and sacrificing our liberties.”

— Sting (Gordon Sumner) – Musician, Singer-Songwriter, Activist, Actor, Philanthropist.

“I enjoy smoking cannabis and see no harm in it”.

— Jennifer Aniston – Actress

“The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cirkannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.”

— Albert Einstein – Physicist, Philosopher, Nobel Prize Recipient.

“That is not a drug. It’s a leaf,”

— Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of Californien, Actor, Body Builder.

“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.“

— Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President, Vice President,

“It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics . . . dope and all that crap. It’s a thousand times better than whiskey – it’s an assistant – a friend.“

— Louis Armstrong – Famous Jazz Trumpeter, Musician, Singer.

“If John Lennon is deported, I’m leaving too…with my musicians and my marijuana.“

— Art Garfunkel – Singer, Poet, Actor.

“When I was young I inhaled frequently. That was the point.“

— Barack Obama, US President

“I think pot should be legal. I don’t smoke it, but I like the smell of it.“

— Andy Warhol – Artist

“When a private enterprise fails, it is closed down; when a government enterprise fails, it is expanded. Isn’t that exactly what’s been happening with drugs?

— Milton Friedman – Economist.

“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.”

— Bob Marley

“When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.”

— Bob Marley

“It’s a good thing most people bleed on the inside or this would be a gory, blood-smeared earth.”

— Beatrice Sparks, Go Ask Alice

“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?”

— Bill Hicks

“We all need something to help us unwind at the end of the day. You might have a glass of wine, or a joint, or a big delicious blob of heroin to silence your silly brainbox of its witterings but there has to be some form of punctuation, or life just seems utterly relentless.”

— Russell Brand, My Booky Wook

“Federal and state laws (should) be changed to no longer make it a crime to possess marijuana for private use.”

— Richard M. Nixon

“Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use… Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce [28g] of marijuana.”

— Jimmy Carter

“Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.”

— Richard Neville

“In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.

— Francis Young

“So when he asked about getting high, I didn’t think, I agreed. We smoked some good California green. Took three tries to put me in the place he said I should be.”

— Ellen Hopkins

“Marijuana enhances our mind in a way that enables us to take a different perspective from ‘high up’, to see and evaluate our own lives and the lives of others in a privileged way. Maybe this euphoric and elevating feeling of the ability to step outside
the box and to look at life’s patterns from this high perspective is the inspiration behind the slang term “high” itself.”

— Sebastian Marincolo

“The legalization of marijuana is not a dangerous experiment – the prohibition is the experiment, and it has failed dramatically, with millions of victims all around the world.”

— Sebastian Marincolo

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”

— Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

“The drug war is a total scam, prescription drugs kill 300K a year, while marijuana kills no one, but they spend billions/year ‘fighting’ it, because pot heads make for good little slaves to put into private prisons, owned by the banks who launder the drug money, and it’s ALL DOCUMENTED.”

— Alex E. Jones

“I am convinced that there are genuine and valid levels of perception available with cannabis (and probably with other drugs) which are, through the defects of our society and our educational system, un-available to us without such drugs.”

— Lester Grinspoon, Marihuana Reconsidered

“She was starting to think that it might be fun to be in control of the universe.”

— Nicki Elson, Three Daves

“There has never been a ‘war on drugs’! In our history we can only see an ongoing conflict amongst various drug users – and producers. In ancient Mexico the use of alcohol was punishable by death, while the ritualistic use of mescaline was highly worshipped. In 17th century Russia, tobacco smokers were threatened with mutilation or decapitation, alcohol was legal. In Prussia, coffee drinking was prohibited to the lower classes, the use of tobacco and alcohol was legal.”

— Sebastian Marincolo

“Mason took in enough cannabis smoke to allow a Lipan Apache manipulating a blanket over it to transmit the complete works of Tennyson.”

— Richard Condon, Money Is Love

“Unquestionably, this drug is is very useful to the artist, activating trains of association that would otherwise be inaccessible, and I owe many of the scenes in Naked Lunch directly to the use of cannabis.”

— William Burroughs

“Imagine you just got accepted into an Ivy League school and you rejected them. That’s Purple gangsta. Imagine you got the dopest piece of pussy you ever had and she’s all into that. And she’s 420 friendly. That’s Shemale Kush.”

— Sam Hyde

“To inspire himself, he lit up a marijuana cigarette, excellent Land-O-Smiles brand.”

— Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle

“Banning something is the easiest way to make it desirable.”

— Tapan Ghosh, Faceless The Only Way Out

“I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?”

— Willie Nelson

“If the words “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on.”

— Terence McKenna

“People say you can abuse marijuana. Well shit, you can abuse cheeseburgers too, you know? You don’t go around closing Burger King because you can abuse something.”

— Joe Rogan

“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?”

— Bill Hicks

“I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits -and millions of Americans agree with me.”

— Hunter S. Thompson

“Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.”

— Thomas Jefferson

“Prohibition… goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control mans’ appetite through legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not even crimes… A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our Government was founded.”

— Abraham Lincoln

“If people let government decide which foods they eat and medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.

— Thomas Jefferson

“The fact that, in the United States, there are people serving ten-year prison terms for growing marijuana plants in their backyards while Wall Street racketeers, who have defrauded millions of people and destroyed the global economy, walk free is a kind of bizarre hypocrisy that boggles my mind.”

— Mark Haskell Smith

“Estimates suggest that from 20 to 50 million Americans routinely, albeit illegally, smoke marijuana without the benefit of direct medical supervision. Yet, despite this long history of use and the extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers, there are simply no credible reports to suggest that consuming marijuana has caused a single death. By contrast, aspirin, a commonly used, over-the-counter medicine, causes hundreds of deaths each year.”

— Francis Young

“The only dead bodies from marijuana are in the prisons and at the hands of the police.”

— Jack Herer

“I used to smoke marijuana. But I’ll tell you something: I would only smoke it in the late evening. Oh, occasionally the early evening, but usually the late evening – or the mid-evening. Just the early evening, mid-evening and late evening. Occasionally, early afternoon, early mid-afternoon, or perhaps the late-mid-afternoon. Oh, sometimes the early-mid-late-early morning… But never at dusk.”

— Steve Martin

“Of course I know how to roll a joint.”

— Martha Stewart

“The first time I smoked was at home with my mother and stepfather; they were like, ‘If you are going to do this, we’d rather you did this with us.’”

— Matt Damon

“I wake up early in the morning and it feels so good. Smoking on some shit that you wish you could.”

— Snoop Dogg

“Marijuana is not a drug!!! I used to suck dick for coke! You ever suck DICK for marijuana?”

— Bob Saget

“I don’t consider weed to be any worse than having a beer.”

— James Franco

“Marijuana is quite possibly the finest of intoxicants. It has been scientifically proven, for decades, to be much less harmful to the body than alcohol when used on a regular basis (Google “Science”).”

— Nick Offerman

“I smoked pot in college, and in the Army…”

— Al Gore

“Casual drug users should be taken out and shot”

— Darrell Gates / LA Police Chief 1978 – 1992

“I don’t think [pot] is more dangerous than alcohol.”

— Barack Obama

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

— Harry J Anslinger / Assistant Prohibition Commissioner in the Bureau of Prohibition 1930-1962

“I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast”

— Ronald Reagan

“The other day they asked me about mandatory drug testing. I said I believed in drug testing a long time ago. All through the sixties I tested everything.”

— Bill Lee

“In our culture, the Native Americans, when two strangers come together. You know what we do in our culture? We smoke the peace pipe.”

— Tatanka / WWF Wrestler

“I have used, you know, marijuana … since I’ve been in the league….But as far as abusing it and, you know, letting it take control over me, I don’t do that, no….hopefully … I won’t get into any trouble by the NFL by saying that, you know. I have had fun throughout my years and, you know, predominantly in the offseason.”

— Randy Moss / Wide Receiver for San Francisco 49ers

I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry. It would be wonderful for the state of Maine. There’s some pretty good homegrown dope. I’m sure it would be even better if you could grow it with fertilizers and have greenhouses.”

— Stephen King

“I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits -and millions of Americans agree with me.”

— Hunter S. Thompson

“Hashish will be, indeed, for the impressions and familiar thoughts of the man, a mirror which magnifies, yet no more than a mirror.”

— Charles Baudelaire / French Poet

“Marijuana is a useful catalyst for specific optical and aural aesthetic perceptions. I apprehended the structure of certain pieces of jazz and classical music in a new manner under the influence of marijuana, and these apprehensions have remained valid in years of normal consciousness.”

— Allen Ginsberg

“Smoking helped put me in touch with the realm of the senses.”

— Hugh Hefner / Founder of Playboy Magazine

Should we legalize marijuana? “Yes. And release prisoners who are incarcerated for pot.”

— Mark Cuban / Owner of Dallas Mavericks, Investor, TV Personality

“I have friends who smoke pot… It’s ridiculous to treat them as criminals.”

— “I have friends who smoke pot… It’s ridiculous to treat them as criminals.”

“I’d like to see the government back a programme of research into the medical properties of cannabis and I do not object to its responsible use as a recreational relaxant.”

— Sir Richard Branson / Founder of Virgin Group, Investor

“[Marijuana] doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works… [I]t is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve marijuana. We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.”

— Dr. Sanjay Gupta / Neurosurgeon

“I have found in my study of these patients that cannabis is really a safe, effective and non-toxic alternative to many standard medications. There is no such thing as an overdose. We have seen very minimal problems with abuse or dependence, which at worst are equivalent to dependence on caffeine. While a substance may have some potential for misuse, in my opinion, that’s a poor excuse to deny its use and benefit to everyone else.”

— Philip Denney, MD / Physician

“The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS — or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day.”

— Joycelyn Elders, MD / Pediatrician, Public Health Administrator

“As a physician I have sympathy for patients suffering from pain and other medical conditions. Although I understand many believe marijuana is the most effective drug in combating their medical ailments, I would caution against this assumption due to the lack of consistent, repeatable scientific data available to prove marijuana’s benefits. Based on current evidence, I believe that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that there are less dangerous medicines offering the same relief from pain and other medical symptoms.”

— Bill Frist, MD / Surgeon

“As a physician, I recommend nutritious hemp seeds and oil to anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet. Everyone will benefit when American farmers can grow this amazing crop once again.”

— Andrew Weil, M.D. / Physician, Neuropath, Writer, and Teacher of Holistic Medicine

“[E]liminating criminal penalties for personal drug use and possession is an essential feature of a public health response to drugs and drug misuse, and APHA calls on state and federal governments to remove such criminal penalties… [J]urisdictions that have legalized medical marijuana, decriminalized possession of marijuana and/or other drugs, or tolerated limited, retail sales…have not experienced significant, if any, increases in marijuana or other drug use.”

— American Public Health Association

“The IOM report, Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base, released in March 1999, found that marijuana’s active components are potentially effective in treating pain, nausea and vomiting, AIDS-related loss of appetite, and other symptoms and should be tested rigorously in clinical trials. The therapeutic effects of smoked marijuana are typically modest, and in most cases there are more effective medicines. But a subpopulation of patients do not respond well to other medications and have no effective alternative to smoking marijuana…”

— John A. Benson, Jr., MD / Professor

“The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognizes that patients should have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis. Cannabis or marijuana has been used medicinally for centuries. It has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions.”

— American Nurses Association

“It is my considered opinion at present that marihuana is not harmful unless it is taken in enormous and excessive amounts. I believe that we are damaging this country, damaging our law enforcement situation, damaging the trust between older people and younger people by its prohibition, and this is far more serious than any damage that might be done to a few overusers.”

— Cultural Anthropologist

“My first 10 years as a professional scientist were mostly devoted to Cannabis, but after that most of my research was on other crops of more immediate priority to Canada. Nevertheless, one doesn?t loose interest in a plant as amazing as Cannabis, and my literature collection on it has accumulated to occupy several filing cabinets.”

— Dr. Ernest Small / Research Scientist

“I was fascinated that one could have such perceptual changes, and also that they went with a certain feeling of significance, an almost numinous feeling. I’m strongly atheist by disposition, but nonetheless when this happened, I couldn’t help thinking, ‘That must be what the hand of God is like.’

— Oliver Sacks / Neurologist

“It would be wryly interesting if in human history the cultivation of marijuana led generally to the invention of agriculture, and thereby to civilization.”

— Carl Sagan / Astronomer

“It is beyond my comprehension that any humane person would withhold such a beneficial substance from people in such great need simply because others use it for different purposes.”

— Steven Gould / Science Fiction Author (I know he isn’t a scientist, but I loved the quote so I snuck it in.)

“Ordinarily it would take me about fifteen minutes to get a hallucination going,” wrote Feynman, “but on a few occasions, when I smoked some marijuana beforehand, it came very quickly.”

— Richard Feynman / Theoretical Physicist

“And all I knew about drugs was what I read in magazines like Time and Life. I learned that marijuana was a dangerous addictive drug and that I should stay away from it.”

— Kary Mullis (p.s. He didn’t stay away from it.) / Biochemist

“Compared to alcohol, which makers people take more risks on the road, marijuana made drivers slow down and drive more carefully…. Cannabis is good for driving skills, as people tend to overcompensate for a perceived impairment.”

— Olaf Drummer / Professor

“Major General Mitchell, the celebrated astronomer, says that the Hasheesh Candy helped him when all other remedies failed to relieve him and that it is an excellent compound.”

— Advertisement for Hasheesh Candy

“While working at KATALYSE, I was contacted by Mathias Bröckers, now one of the managing directors at the HanfHaus GmbH in Berlin. He had just discovered the book by Jack Herer, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, and was looking for scientific verification of the proclaimed benefits of the “miracle plant” hemp.”

— Michael Karus / Co-founder of the Nova-Institute

“If you substitute marijuana for tobacco and alcohol, you’ll add eight to 24 years to your life.”

— Jack Herer / Author, Hemp Activist

“There are only two kinds of dealers. Those who need forklifts, and those who don’t.”

— Tom Forcade / Founder of High Times Magazine

“We talk to each other in code. We said that 420 was a special number. It was a time. It was a date. It was a symbol for what we did for passive resistance.”

— Rick Cusick / Publisher at High Times Magazine

“I’ve been smoking marijuana for 44 years now, and … I think it’s a tremendous blessing.”

— Lester Grinspoon / Psychiatry Professor at Harvard University

“It all started in 2737 BC when the drug was used more, uh taken orally rather than smoked but at least in the last few hundred years people have been smoking cannabis very much in the same ways they do it now.”

— Mitch Earleywine / Chairman of NORML

“We need to legalize now so both patients and consumers can share in the gifts of cannabis”

— Diane Fornbacher / NORML Board Member

“People make a decision on what they take based on whether or not it’s legal. We give people at the age of 18 a choice to use alcohol, which is more harmful than cannabis. If they have the choice to use cannabis by legalising it, they’ll be less likely to drink alcohol, giving people an option to use a safer drug. If people end up using cannabis instead of alcohol, that would obviously be a good thing.”

— Luke Flanagan / /strong>Social Campaigner, Politician

“If you grew up in the 60’s or 70’s, and didn’t do drugs I don’t trust you.”

— Danny Danko / Senior Cultivation Editor for High Times Magazine

“You know what I’m really tired of is people getting arrested for the possession of marijuana. It’s just a plant. It makes no sense.”

— Madeline Martinez / Sole Proprietress of the United States’ first Cannabis Cafe

“My government will continue mounting a real fight against the trafficking of marijuana and all other drugs.”
At first this seems life a face palm, but organized crime surround marijuana trafficking has caused serious problems in Mexico

— Enrique Peña Nieto / 57th President of Mexico

“Legalisation doesn’t make sense.”

— Daniel Ortega / President of Nicaragua

“To be sociable, I puffed on a marijuana cigarette, but I didn’t inhale…I just hate the idea of drawing smoke into my lungs.”

— Tony Abbott / 28th Austrailian Prime Minister

“We think of cannabis as a drug, in accordance with international opinions. This means that even consuming small amounts can lead to very severe dependence. With alcohol or cigarettes however, sensibly limited consumption does not bear the risk of immediate addictiveness as this is the case with cannabis according to our opinion. With alcohol there surely is an element of a tradition. However, enjoyed in moderation, as supplement to a meal for example, alcohol is not something that causes immediate dependence. Still, there is a great need for prevention and information in this matter.”

— Angela Merkel / Chancellor of Germany

When asked about opposition to legalizing marijuana) “It has always been like that with changes. In 1913, we established divorce as a right for women in Uruguay. You know what they were saying back then? That families would dissolve. That it was the end of good manners and society. There has always been a conservative and traditional opinion out there that’s afraid of change. When I was young and would go dancing at balls, we’d have to wear suits and ties. Otherwise they wouldn’t let us in. I don’t think anyone dresses up for dancing parties nowadays.”

— José “Pepe” Mujica / 40th President of Uruguay

“We have noted the appeal of Honorable Ambrosini about the decriminalizing of marijuana for medical use.”

— Jacob Zuma / 4th President of South Africa

“The scourge of drug trafficking, that favors violence and sows the seeds of suffering and death, requires of society as a whole an act of courage.”

— Pope Francis / Pope of the Catholic Church

“In Cuba there are no drugs nor will there be.”

— Raul Castro / President of the Council of State of Cuba 2008-2018

“The main point in [our] report was to recommend decriminalization…because of the way laws are applied, which have not worked. We have applied them for decades and it’s got the prisons filled with lots of young people who sometimes come out destroyed for having half an ounce… [W]e should approach it through education [and] health issues rather than a brutal reaction… There is need for change in policy, but it has to start with debate and discussion… I think the whole approach has to be reviewed.”

— Kofi Annan / Ghanaian Diplomat who served as the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations

“It is haram [religiously forbidden] to use narcotics in any way because it results in considerable adverse effects in terms of personal health and social cost. By the same token, it is haram to deal in narcotics in any way, i.e., carrying, transporting, storing, selling, buying, etc.”

— Ali Khamenei / 2nd Supreme Leader of Iran

“Well, Stan, the truth is marijuana probably isn’t gonna make you kill people, and …it most likely isn’t gonna fund terrorism, but… Well son, pot makes you feel fine with being bored and… It’s when you’re bored that you should be learning some new skill or discovering some new science or… being creative. If you smoke pot you may grow up to find out that you aren’t good at anything.”

— Randy / South Park

“Everything is better with a bag of weed.”

— Stewie Griffin / Family Guy

“I hope you kids learned something today, too. About drugs, which are bad. Except for the ones which aren’t, Like ibuprofen and aspirin. Marijuana is also okay If it’s legally prescribed by a doctor In any of the 13 states where such laws apply. Alaska, california, Colorado, hawaii, maine, Michigan, montana, nevada, New mexico, oregon, rhode island, Vermont and washington.”

— Cleveland Brown / The Cleveland Show

I know you’re supposed to tell kids not to do drugs, but, kids, do it! Do weed! Don’t do the other stuff, but weed is good!

— Kevin Smith

Please don’t throw your shit at me…unless that shit resembles a bag of marijuana.

— Les Claypool

Struggle is the enemy, but weed is the remedy

— Kid Cudi

I’d always done a lot of sniffing glue as a kid. I was very interested in glue, and then I went to lager and speed, and I drifted into heroin because as a kid growing up everybody told me, ‘don’t smoke marijuana, it will kill you.’

— Irvine Welsh

The drug war is a total scam, prescription drugs kill 300K a year, while marijuana kills no one, but they spend billions/year ‘fighting’ it, because pot heads make for good little slaves to put into private prisons, owned by the banks who launder the drug money, and it’s ALL DOCUMENTED.

— Alex E. Jones

I definitely believe marijuana helps with menstruation. Since I started smoking pot, my girlfriend’s period has become painless for me.

— Randy Kagan

“The introduction of smokeless cannabis in dosage form will immediately ease human pain and suffering and help to move medical marijuana from the underground economy to the mainstream of the nation’s health-care system.”

— STEVEN R. PATIERNO, PHD, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE DUKE CANCER INSTITUTE AND PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE AT DUKE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

“Marijuana clearly has medicinal value. Thousands of seriously ill Americans have been able to determine that for themselves, albeit illegally. Like my own family, these individuals did not wish to break the law but they had no other choice. The numerous attempts to legitimately resolve the issue-via state legislation and federal administrative hearings-have too often been ignored or thwarted by misguided federal agencies. Several states conducted extensive, and expensive, research programs which demonstrated marijuana’s medical utility-particularly in the treatment of chemotherapy side-effects. Francis L. Young, the chief administrative law judge of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, ruled marijuana has legitimate medical applications and should be available to doctors.”

— LYN NOFZIGER, FORMER PRESS SECRETARY TO RONALD REAGAN

“Many of the chronically ill have successfully sought relief with the use of medical cannabis, an age-old remedy that now shows real scientific efficacy. Hundreds of thousands of the sick have replaced disabling narcotics and other psychotropic medications with nontoxic and benign cannabis. The anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. Folks with spinal injuries able to give up their walkers, AIDS patients able to gain weight and keep their medications down, cancer patients finding relief from the terrible nausea of chemotherapy, chronic pain patients once again functional with their consciousness restored from narcotic lethargy, and folks once disabled from crippling psychiatric disorders and addictions, returned to sanity and society with the assistance of a nontoxic herb with remarkable healing powers.“

— JAY CAVANAUGH, PHD, NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE AMERICAN ALLIANCE FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS (AAMC)

“The issue of whether marijuana has medicinal benefits no longer seems to be in question. Hundreds of scientific studies and thousands of testimonials from patients have established marijuana’s effectiveness in controlling the nausea of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation; in enhancing appetites for AIDS patients who suffer a wasting syndrome or who have adverse reactions to their HAART (highly active antiretroviral treatment) medications; in reducing intraocular pressure for persons with glaucoma; in giving relief from spasms of muscular dystrophy; and for relieving pain from dozens of other serious diseases.”

— JERRY S. MANDEL, PHD, EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY AND HARVEY W. FELDMAN, PHD, FORMER FELLOW OF THE DRUG ABUSE COUNCIL

“I grew up knowing that cannabis could be a medicine… I’m not aware of any proven long-term [harmful] effects from cannabis. People have been trying to find major risks [from marijuana], but I’ve never seen any documented. We know if you smoke cannabis your chances of getting lung cancer are less than if you don’t smoke anything at all.”

— DAVID L. BEARMAN, MD, PHYSICIAN AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA EXPERT

“There are really no other medications that have the same mechanisms of action as marijuana. Dronabinol (Marinol) is available by prescription in capsules, but has the distinct disadvantage of containing only synthetic delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is only one of many therapeutically beneficial cannabinoids in the natural plant. Interestingly, it is the most psychoactive of the cannabinoids and is the one that the Federal government allows to be prescribed!

Cannabinoids are now known to have the capacity for neuromodulation, via direct, receptor-based mechanisms, at numerous levels within the nervous system. These provide therapeutic properties that may be applicable to the treatment of neurological disorders, including anti-oxidative, neuroprotective effects, analgesia, anti-inflammatory actions, immunomodulation, modulation of glial cells and tumor growth regulation. Beyond that, the cannabinoids have also been shown to be remarkably safe with no potential for overdose.”

— GREGORY T. CARTER, MD, CLINICAL PROFESSOR AT THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON AND CO-DIRECTOR OF THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION (MDA)/AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS) CENTER

“The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognizes that patients should have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis. Cannabis or marijuana has been used medicinally for centuries. It has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions.“

— THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION (ANA)

“I have seen many patients with chronic pain, muscle spasms, nausea, anorexia, and other unpleasant symptoms obtain significant — often remarkable — relief from cannabis medicines, well beyond what had been provided by traditional (usually opiate-based) pain relievers.“

— DAVID HADORN, MD, PHD, MEDICAL CONSULTANT FOR GW PHARMACEUTICALS, LTD

“The medical benefits of marijuana are widely recognized…there is almost no way that a science-based approach can lead to the conclusion that marijuana–even smoked marijuana–is not medicine. The opposition to medical marijuana isn’t based on science, but rather lies and myths that are refutable by indisputable facts… Regarding the claim that marijuana is too dangerous to be a medicine, it is interesting to note that there has never been a death attributed to an overdose of marijuana. Clearly, most prescription drugs are far more dangerous than marijuana.”

— ROBERT KAMPIA, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT

“I believe that a federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane… Federal authorities should rescind their prohibition of the medicinal use of marijuana for seriously ill patients and allow physicians to decide which patients to treat. The government should change marijuana’s status from that of a Schedule 1 drug (considered to be potentially addictive and with no current medical use) to that of a Schedule 2 drug (potentially addictive but with some accepted medical use) and regulate it accordingly.”

— JEROME P. KASSIRER, MD, FORMER EDITOR OF THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE

“It is fundamentally wrong to make preserving one’s health — or life — a crime. Yet the federal law on marijuana and many state laws do just that. There is overwhelming evidence that marijuana is one of the safest available treatment options, when used at the direction of a physician. Even the DEA’s Chief Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young, came to that conclusion. Research has shown that marijuana alleviates pain, nausea, AIDS and cancer wasting, and glaucoma. In trials where patients have been allowed to present evidence of their medical need for marijuana, courts have frequently found that marijuana it is medically necessary to their health. With roughly 20% of all cancer deaths caused by wasting, it is cruel and senseless to criminalize the doctor-advised use of a safe, effective, and widely available treatment.“

— KAREN O’KEEFE, JD, ATTORNEY AND LEGISLATIVE ANALYST FOR MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT (MPP)

“Based on much evidence, from patients and doctors alike, on the superior effectiveness and safety of whole cannabis compared to other medications, the President should instruct the NIH and the Food and Drug Administration to make efforts to enroll seriously ill patients whose physicians believe that whole cannabis would be helpful to their conditions in clinical trials, both to allow data-gathering and to provide an alternative to the black market while the scientific questions about the possible utility of cannabis are resolved.”

— THE FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SCIENTISTS

“Be it resolved that this organization urges Congress and the President to enact legislation to reschedule marijuana to allow doctors to prescribe smokable marijuana to patients in need; and, Be it further resolved that this organization urges the US Public Health Service to allow limited access to medicinal marijuana by promptly reopening the Investigational New Drug compassionate access program to new applicants.”

— THE LYMPHOMA FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

“Cannabis smoking, even of a crude, low-grade product, provides effective symptomatic relief of pain, muscle spasms, and intraocular pressure elevations in selected patients failing other modes of treatment…

It is the authors’ opinion that the Compassionate IND program should be reopened and extended to other patients in need of clinical cannabis. Failing that, local, state and federal laws might be amended to provide regulated and monitored clinical cannabis to suitable candidates.”

— ETHAN RUSSO, MD, SENIOR MEDICAL ADVISOR AT THE CANNABINOID RESEARCH INSTITUTE

“From working with AIDS and cancer patients, I repeatedly saw how marijuana could ameliorate a patient’s debilitating fatigue, restore appetite, diminish pain, remedy nausea, cure vomiting and curtail down-to-the-bone weight loss. The federal obsession with a political agenda that keeps marijuana out of the hands of sick and dying people is appalling and irrational. Washington bureaucrats — far removed from the troubled bedsides of sick and dying patients — are ignoring what patients and doctors and health care workers are telling them about real world suffering. The federal refusal to honor public referendums like California’s voter-approved Medical Marijuana Initiative is as bewildering as it is ominous. Its refusal to listen to doctors groups like the California Medical Association that support compassionate use of medical marijuana is chilling.

In a society that has witnessed extensive positive experiences with medicinal marijuana, as long as it is safe and not proven to be ineffective, why shouldn’t seriously ill patients have access to it? Why should an old woman be made to die a horrible death for a hollow political symbol?“

— KATE SCANNELL, MD, CO-DIRECTOR OF THE KAISER-PERMANENTE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ETHICS DEPARTMENT

“Another knock on the gateway theory: In Japan, where marijuana use is far lower than in most Western countries, 83 percent of illicit drug users did not start out smoking pot, according to a 2010 study. And there is now mounting evidence that factors such as poverty and poor social environment are a greater predictor of hard drug use than early exposure to soft drugs.”

— Douglas Quenqua in his New York Times article “A Comeback for the Gateway Drug Theory?”

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them

— Liberty Hyde Bailey

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.

— William Blake

It makes me feel the way I need to feel.

— Snoop Dogg

The best doctor gives the least medicine

— Benjamin Franklin

I do smoke, but I don’t go through all this trouble just because I want to make my drug of choice legal. It’s about personal freedom. We should have the right in this country to do what we want, if we don’t hurt anybody

— Woody Harrelson

Nature is the healer of disease

— Hippocrates

It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has

— Hippocrates

One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It’s a substitution of artificial therapy over nature, of poisons over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.

— Dr. Royal Lee

Like people, plants respond to extra attention

— H. Peter Loewer

I have found, through years of practice, that people garden in order to make something grow; to interact with nature; to share, to find sanctuary, to heal, to honor the earth, to leave a mark. Through gardening, we feel whole as we make our personal work of art upon our land.

— Julie Moir Messervy

“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.”
“When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.”
“Music and herb go together. It’s been a long time now I smoke herb. From 1960’s when I first start singing”

— Bob Marley

“I didn’t live my life in the right way for politics, you know I fuc*ed too many chicks and did too many drugs, and that’s the truth… I drank the bong water.”

— George Clooney

“My point of view, while extremely cogent, is unpopular. . . . That the repressive nature of the legalities vis-a-vis drugs are destroying the legal system and corrupting the police system.”

— Jack Nicholson

“I’m not a great pothead or anything like that, but weed is much, much more dangerous than alcohol.”

— Johnny Depp

“Do you know how many movies I wrote when I was high?”

— Jon Stewart

“I smoke a lot of pot when I write music”

— Lady Gaga

“It [my behavior on the show in 1994] wasn’t because I was excited about you [David Letterman]. I think it may have had something to do with the joint I smoked before I came on.”

— Madonna

“Kush rolled, glass full…I prefer the better things.”

— Rihanna

“Lige gyldigt hvad vi hver især har af meninger her i livet, synes jeg at det altid er vigtigt, at lytte til andre menneskers udfordringer og oplevelser . Eftersom vi ikke kan leve og nødvendigvis forstå andres liv, må vi derfor lytte til deres erfaringer. Jeg mener bestemt at dette er én af de gange, hvor vi som et minimum skal lytte!”

— Ida Corr (om medicinsk cannabis)

“Tjald er en døråbner” “og man kommer ind i et særligt rum, som passer rigtig godt sammen med at spille musik. Man kan godt komme ind i det rum uden at ryge – det tager bare meget længere tid”.

— Kim Larsen

“Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.”

— William F. Buckley Jr. Conservative forfatter og kommentator, Syndicirkated Newspaper Columnist.

“Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.“

— George Washington, U.S. President.

“We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.”

— John Adams, U.S. President, Vice President, and Father of the Navy.

“Penalties against pogsåssion of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear, than in the laws against pogsåssion of marijuana in private for personal use. Therefore, I support “legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the pogsåssion of up to one ounce of marijuana.”

— Jimmy Cirkarter, U.S. President quote on Marijuana

“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we cirkan get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?”

— Henry Ford – Inventor, Founder Ford Motor Co.

“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.”

— Carl Sagan – Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Author.

“People who genuinely need help cirkan’t get it. Neither cirkan people who need medicirkal marijuana to treat terrible diseases. We are spending billions, filling up our prisons with non-violent offenders and sacrificing our liberties.”

— Sting (Gordon Sumner) – Musician, Singer-Songwriter, Activist, Actor, Philanthropist.

“I enjoy smoking cannabis and see no harm in it”.

— Jennifer Aniston – Actress

“The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cirkannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.”

— Albert Einstein – Physicist, Philosopher, Nobel Prize Recipient.

“That is not a drug. It’s a leaf,”

— Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of Californien, Actor, Body Builder.

“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.“

— Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President, Vice President,

“It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics . . . dope and all that crap. It’s a thousand times better than whiskey – it’s an assistant – a friend.“

— Louis Armstrong – Famous Jazz Trumpeter, Musician, Singer.

“If John Lennon is deported, I’m leaving too…with my musicians and my marijuana.“

— Art Garfunkel – Singer, Poet, Actor.

“When I was young I inhaled frequently. That was the point.“

— Barack Obama, US President

“I think pot should be legal. I don’t smoke it, but I like the smell of it.“

— Andy Warhol – Artist

“When a private enterprise fails, it is closed down; when a government enterprise fails, it is expanded. Isn’t that exactly what’s been happening with drugs?

— Milton Friedman – Economist.

“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.”

— Bob Marley

“When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.”

— Bob Marley

“It’s a good thing most people bleed on the inside or this would be a gory, blood-smeared earth.”

— Beatrice Sparks, Go Ask Alice

“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?”

— Bill Hicks

“We all need something to help us unwind at the end of the day. You might have a glass of wine, or a joint, or a big delicious blob of heroin to silence your silly brainbox of its witterings but there has to be some form of punctuation, or life just seems utterly relentless.”

— Russell Brand, My Booky Wook

“Federal and state laws (should) be changed to no longer make it a crime to possess marijuana for private use.”

— Richard M. Nixon

“Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use… Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce [28g] of marijuana.”

— Jimmy Carter

“Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.”

— Richard Neville

“In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating 10 raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care.

— Francis Young

“So when he asked about getting high, I didn’t think, I agreed. We smoked some good California green. Took three tries to put me in the place he said I should be.”

— Ellen Hopkins

“Marijuana enhances our mind in a way that enables us to take a different perspective from ‘high up’, to see and evaluate our own lives and the lives of others in a privileged way. Maybe this euphoric and elevating feeling of the ability to step outside
the box and to look at life’s patterns from this high perspective is the inspiration behind the slang term “high” itself.”

— Sebastian Marincolo

“The legalization of marijuana is not a dangerous experiment – the prohibition is the experiment, and it has failed dramatically, with millions of victims all around the world.”

— Sebastian Marincolo

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”

— Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

“The drug war is a total scam, prescription drugs kill 300K a year, while marijuana kills no one, but they spend billions/year ‘fighting’ it, because pot heads make for good little slaves to put into private prisons, owned by the banks who launder the drug money, and it’s ALL DOCUMENTED.”

— Alex E. Jones

“I am convinced that there are genuine and valid levels of perception available with cannabis (and probably with other drugs) which are, through the defects of our society and our educational system, un-available to us without such drugs.”

— Lester Grinspoon, Marihuana Reconsidered

“She was starting to think that it might be fun to be in control of the universe.”

— Nicki Elson, Three Daves

“There has never been a ‘war on drugs’! In our history we can only see an ongoing conflict amongst various drug users – and producers. In ancient Mexico the use of alcohol was punishable by death, while the ritualistic use of mescaline was highly worshipped. In 17th century Russia, tobacco smokers were threatened with mutilation or decapitation, alcohol was legal. In Prussia, coffee drinking was prohibited to the lower classes, the use of tobacco and alcohol was legal.”

— Sebastian Marincolo

“Mason took in enough cannabis smoke to allow a Lipan Apache manipulating a blanket over it to transmit the complete works of Tennyson.”

— Richard Condon, Money Is Love

“Unquestionably, this drug is is very useful to the artist, activating trains of association that would otherwise be inaccessible, and I owe many of the scenes in Naked Lunch directly to the use of cannabis.”

— William Burroughs

“Imagine you just got accepted into an Ivy League school and you rejected them. That’s Purple gangsta. Imagine you got the dopest piece of pussy you ever had and she’s all into that. And she’s 420 friendly. That’s Shemale Kush.”

— Sam Hyde

“To inspire himself, he lit up a marijuana cigarette, excellent Land-O-Smiles brand.”

— Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle

“Banning something is the easiest way to make it desirable.”

— Tapan Ghosh, Faceless The Only Way Out

“I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?”

— Willie Nelson

“If the words “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on.”

— Terence McKenna

“People say you can abuse marijuana. Well shit, you can abuse cheeseburgers too, you know? You don’t go around closing Burger King because you can abuse something.”

— Joe Rogan

“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit . . . unnatural?”

— Bill Hicks

“I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits -and millions of Americans agree with me.”

— Hunter S. Thompson

“Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.”

— Thomas Jefferson

“Prohibition… goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control mans’ appetite through legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not even crimes… A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our Government was founded.”

— Abraham Lincoln

“If people let government decide which foods they eat and medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.

— Thomas Jefferson

“The fact that, in the United States, there are people serving ten-year prison terms for growing marijuana plants in their backyards while Wall Street racketeers, who have defrauded millions of people and destroyed the global economy, walk free is a kind of bizarre hypocrisy that boggles my mind.”

— Mark Haskell Smith

“Estimates suggest that from 20 to 50 million Americans routinely, albeit illegally, smoke marijuana without the benefit of direct medical supervision. Yet, despite this long history of use and the extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers, there are simply no credible reports to suggest that consuming marijuana has caused a single death. By contrast, aspirin, a commonly used, over-the-counter medicine, causes hundreds of deaths each year.”

— Francis Young

“The only dead bodies from marijuana are in the prisons and at the hands of the police.”

— Jack Herer

“I used to smoke marijuana. But I’ll tell you something: I would only smoke it in the late evening. Oh, occasionally the early evening, but usually the late evening – or the mid-evening. Just the early evening, mid-evening and late evening. Occasionally, early afternoon, early mid-afternoon, or perhaps the late-mid-afternoon. Oh, sometimes the early-mid-late-early morning… But never at dusk.”

— Steve Martin

“Of course I know how to roll a joint.”

— Martha Stewart

“The first time I smoked was at home with my mother and stepfather; they were like, ‘If you are going to do this, we’d rather you did this with us.’”

— Matt Damon

“I wake up early in the morning and it feels so good. Smoking on some shit that you wish you could.”

— Snoop Dogg

“Marijuana is not a drug!!! I used to suck dick for coke! You ever suck DICK for marijuana?”

— Bob Saget

“I don’t consider weed to be any worse than having a beer.”

— James Franco

“Marijuana is quite possibly the finest of intoxicants. It has been scientifically proven, for decades, to be much less harmful to the body than alcohol when used on a regular basis (Google “Science”).”

— Nick Offerman

“I smoked pot in college, and in the Army…”

— Al Gore

“Casual drug users should be taken out and shot”

— Darrell Gates / LA Police Chief 1978 – 1992

“I don’t think [pot] is more dangerous than alcohol.”

— Barack Obama

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

— Harry J Anslinger / Assistant Prohibition Commissioner in the Bureau of Prohibition 1930-1962

“I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast”

— Ronald Reagan

“The other day they asked me about mandatory drug testing. I said I believed in drug testing a long time ago. All through the sixties I tested everything.”

— Bill Lee

“In our culture, the Native Americans, when two strangers come together. You know what we do in our culture? We smoke the peace pipe.”

— Tatanka / WWF Wrestler

“I have used, you know, marijuana … since I’ve been in the league….But as far as abusing it and, you know, letting it take control over me, I don’t do that, no….hopefully … I won’t get into any trouble by the NFL by saying that, you know. I have had fun throughout my years and, you know, predominantly in the offseason.”

— Randy Moss / Wide Receiver for San Francisco 49ers

I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry. It would be wonderful for the state of Maine. There’s some pretty good homegrown dope. I’m sure it would be even better if you could grow it with fertilizers and have greenhouses.”

— Stephen King

“I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits -and millions of Americans agree with me.”

— Hunter S. Thompson

“Hashish will be, indeed, for the impressions and familiar thoughts of the man, a mirror which magnifies, yet no more than a mirror.”

— Charles Baudelaire / French Poet

“Marijuana is a useful catalyst for specific optical and aural aesthetic perceptions. I apprehended the structure of certain pieces of jazz and classical music in a new manner under the influence of marijuana, and these apprehensions have remained valid in years of normal consciousness.”

— Allen Ginsberg

“Smoking helped put me in touch with the realm of the senses.”

— Hugh Hefner / Founder of Playboy Magazine

Should we legalize marijuana? “Yes. And release prisoners who are incarcerated for pot.”

— Mark Cuban / Owner of Dallas Mavericks, Investor, TV Personality

“I have friends who smoke pot… It’s ridiculous to treat them as criminals.”

— “I have friends who smoke pot… It’s ridiculous to treat them as criminals.”

“I’d like to see the government back a programme of research into the medical properties of cannabis and I do not object to its responsible use as a recreational relaxant.”

— Sir Richard Branson / Founder of Virgin Group, Investor

“[Marijuana] doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works… [I]t is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve marijuana. We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.”

— Dr. Sanjay Gupta / Neurosurgeon

“I have found in my study of these patients that cannabis is really a safe, effective and non-toxic alternative to many standard medications. There is no such thing as an overdose. We have seen very minimal problems with abuse or dependence, which at worst are equivalent to dependence on caffeine. While a substance may have some potential for misuse, in my opinion, that’s a poor excuse to deny its use and benefit to everyone else.”

— Philip Denney, MD / Physician

“The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS — or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day.”

— Joycelyn Elders, MD / Pediatrician, Public Health Administrator

“As a physician I have sympathy for patients suffering from pain and other medical conditions. Although I understand many believe marijuana is the most effective drug in combating their medical ailments, I would caution against this assumption due to the lack of consistent, repeatable scientific data available to prove marijuana’s benefits. Based on current evidence, I believe that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that there are less dangerous medicines offering the same relief from pain and other medical symptoms.”

— Bill Frist, MD / Surgeon

“As a physician, I recommend nutritious hemp seeds and oil to anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet. Everyone will benefit when American farmers can grow this amazing crop once again.”

— Andrew Weil, M.D. / Physician, Neuropath, Writer, and Teacher of Holistic Medicine

“[E]liminating criminal penalties for personal drug use and possession is an essential feature of a public health response to drugs and drug misuse, and APHA calls on state and federal governments to remove such criminal penalties… [J]urisdictions that have legalized medical marijuana, decriminalized possession of marijuana and/or other drugs, or tolerated limited, retail sales…have not experienced significant, if any, increases in marijuana or other drug use.”

— American Public Health Association

“The IOM report, Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base, released in March 1999, found that marijuana’s active components are potentially effective in treating pain, nausea and vomiting, AIDS-related loss of appetite, and other symptoms and should be tested rigorously in clinical trials. The therapeutic effects of smoked marijuana are typically modest, and in most cases there are more effective medicines. But a subpopulation of patients do not respond well to other medications and have no effective alternative to smoking marijuana…”

— John A. Benson, Jr., MD / Professor

“The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognizes that patients should have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis. Cannabis or marijuana has been used medicinally for centuries. It has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions.”

— American Nurses Association

“It is my considered opinion at present that marihuana is not harmful unless it is taken in enormous and excessive amounts. I believe that we are damaging this country, damaging our law enforcement situation, damaging the trust between older people and younger people by its prohibition, and this is far more serious than any damage that might be done to a few overusers.”

— Cultural Anthropologist

“My first 10 years as a professional scientist were mostly devoted to Cannabis, but after that most of my research was on other crops of more immediate priority to Canada. Nevertheless, one doesn?t loose interest in a plant as amazing as Cannabis, and my literature collection on it has accumulated to occupy several filing cabinets.”

— Dr. Ernest Small / Research Scientist

“I was fascinated that one could have such perceptual changes, and also that they went with a certain feeling of significance, an almost numinous feeling. I’m strongly atheist by disposition, but nonetheless when this happened, I couldn’t help thinking, ‘That must be what the hand of God is like.’

— Oliver Sacks / Neurologist

“It would be wryly interesting if in human history the cultivation of marijuana led generally to the invention of agriculture, and thereby to civilization.”

— Carl Sagan / Astronomer

“It is beyond my comprehension that any humane person would withhold such a beneficial substance from people in such great need simply because others use it for different purposes.”

— Steven Gould / Science Fiction Author (I know he isn’t a scientist, but I loved the quote so I snuck it in.)

“Ordinarily it would take me about fifteen minutes to get a hallucination going,” wrote Feynman, “but on a few occasions, when I smoked some marijuana beforehand, it came very quickly.”

— Richard Feynman / Theoretical Physicist

“And all I knew about drugs was what I read in magazines like Time and Life. I learned that marijuana was a dangerous addictive drug and that I should stay away from it.”

— Kary Mullis (p.s. He didn’t stay away from it.) / Biochemist

“Compared to alcohol, which makers people take more risks on the road, marijuana made drivers slow down and drive more carefully…. Cannabis is good for driving skills, as people tend to overcompensate for a perceived impairment.”

— Olaf Drummer / Professor

“Major General Mitchell, the celebrated astronomer, says that the Hasheesh Candy helped him when all other remedies failed to relieve him and that it is an excellent compound.”

— Advertisement for Hasheesh Candy

“While working at KATALYSE, I was contacted by Mathias Bröckers, now one of the managing directors at the HanfHaus GmbH in Berlin. He had just discovered the book by Jack Herer, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, and was looking for scientific verification of the proclaimed benefits of the “miracle plant” hemp.”

— Michael Karus / Co-founder of the Nova-Institute

“If you substitute marijuana for tobacco and alcohol, you’ll add eight to 24 years to your life.”

— Jack Herer / Author, Hemp Activist

“There are only two kinds of dealers. Those who need forklifts, and those who don’t.”

— Tom Forcade / Founder of High Times Magazine

“We talk to each other in code. We said that 420 was a special number. It was a time. It was a date. It was a symbol for what we did for passive resistance.”

— Rick Cusick / Publisher at High Times Magazine

“I’ve been smoking marijuana for 44 years now, and … I think it’s a tremendous blessing.”

— Lester Grinspoon / Psychiatry Professor at Harvard University

“It all started in 2737 BC when the drug was used more, uh taken orally rather than smoked but at least in the last few hundred years people have been smoking cannabis very much in the same ways they do it now.”

— Mitch Earleywine / Chairman of NORML

“We need to legalize now so both patients and consumers can share in the gifts of cannabis”

— Diane Fornbacher / NORML Board Member

“People make a decision on what they take based on whether or not it’s legal. We give people at the age of 18 a choice to use alcohol, which is more harmful than cannabis. If they have the choice to use cannabis by legalising it, they’ll be less likely to drink alcohol, giving people an option to use a safer drug. If people end up using cannabis instead of alcohol, that would obviously be a good thing.”

— Luke Flanagan / /strong>Social Campaigner, Politician

“If you grew up in the 60’s or 70’s, and didn’t do drugs I don’t trust you.”

— Danny Danko / Senior Cultivation Editor for High Times Magazine

“You know what I’m really tired of is people getting arrested for the possession of marijuana. It’s just a plant. It makes no sense.”

— Madeline Martinez / Sole Proprietress of the United States’ first Cannabis Cafe

“My government will continue mounting a real fight against the trafficking of marijuana and all other drugs.”
At first this seems life a face palm, but organized crime surround marijuana trafficking has caused serious problems in Mexico

— Enrique Peña Nieto / 57th President of Mexico

“Legalisation doesn’t make sense.”

— Daniel Ortega / President of Nicaragua

“To be sociable, I puffed on a marijuana cigarette, but I didn’t inhale…I just hate the idea of drawing smoke into my lungs.”

— Tony Abbott / 28th Austrailian Prime Minister

“We think of cannabis as a drug, in accordance with international opinions. This means that even consuming small amounts can lead to very severe dependence. With alcohol or cigarettes however, sensibly limited consumption does not bear the risk of immediate addictiveness as this is the case with cannabis according to our opinion. With alcohol there surely is an element of a tradition. However, enjoyed in moderation, as supplement to a meal for example, alcohol is not something that causes immediate dependence. Still, there is a great need for prevention and information in this matter.”

— Angela Merkel / Chancellor of Germany

When asked about opposition to legalizing marijuana) “It has always been like that with changes. In 1913, we established divorce as a right for women in Uruguay. You know what they were saying back then? That families would dissolve. That it was the end of good manners and society. There has always been a conservative and traditional opinion out there that’s afraid of change. When I was young and would go dancing at balls, we’d have to wear suits and ties. Otherwise they wouldn’t let us in. I don’t think anyone dresses up for dancing parties nowadays.”

— José “Pepe” Mujica / 40th President of Uruguay

“We have noted the appeal of Honorable Ambrosini about the decriminalizing of marijuana for medical use.”

— Jacob Zuma / 4th President of South Africa

“The scourge of drug trafficking, that favors violence and sows the seeds of suffering and death, requires of society as a whole an act of courage.”

— Pope Francis / Pope of the Catholic Church

“In Cuba there are no drugs nor will there be.”

— Raul Castro / President of the Council of State of Cuba 2008-2018

“The main point in [our] report was to recommend decriminalization…because of the way laws are applied, which have not worked. We have applied them for decades and it’s got the prisons filled with lots of young people who sometimes come out destroyed for having half an ounce… [W]e should approach it through education [and] health issues rather than a brutal reaction… There is need for change in policy, but it has to start with debate and discussion… I think the whole approach has to be reviewed.”

— Kofi Annan / Ghanaian Diplomat who served as the 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations

“It is haram [religiously forbidden] to use narcotics in any way because it results in considerable adverse effects in terms of personal health and social cost. By the same token, it is haram to deal in narcotics in any way, i.e., carrying, transporting, storing, selling, buying, etc.”

— Ali Khamenei / 2nd Supreme Leader of Iran

“Well, Stan, the truth is marijuana probably isn’t gonna make you kill people, and …it most likely isn’t gonna fund terrorism, but… Well son, pot makes you feel fine with being bored and… It’s when you’re bored that you should be learning some new skill or discovering some new science or… being creative. If you smoke pot you may grow up to find out that you aren’t good at anything.”

— Randy / South Park

“Everything is better with a bag of weed.”

— Stewie Griffin / Family Guy

“I hope you kids learned something today, too. About drugs, which are bad. Except for the ones which aren’t, Like ibuprofen and aspirin. Marijuana is also okay If it’s legally prescribed by a doctor In any of the 13 states where such laws apply. Alaska, california, Colorado, hawaii, maine, Michigan, montana, nevada, New mexico, oregon, rhode island, Vermont and washington.”

— Cleveland Brown / The Cleveland Show

I know you’re supposed to tell kids not to do drugs, but, kids, do it! Do weed! Don’t do the other stuff, but weed is good!

— Kevin Smith

Please don’t throw your shit at me…unless that shit resembles a bag of marijuana.

— Les Claypool

Struggle is the enemy, but weed is the remedy

— Kid Cudi

I’d always done a lot of sniffing glue as a kid. I was very interested in glue, and then I went to lager and speed, and I drifted into heroin because as a kid growing up everybody told me, ‘don’t smoke marijuana, it will kill you.’

— Irvine Welsh

The drug war is a total scam, prescription drugs kill 300K a year, while marijuana kills no one, but they spend billions/year ‘fighting’ it, because pot heads make for good little slaves to put into private prisons, owned by the banks who launder the drug money, and it’s ALL DOCUMENTED.

— Alex E. Jones

I definitely believe marijuana helps with menstruation. Since I started smoking pot, my girlfriend’s period has become painless for me.

— Randy Kagan

“The introduction of smokeless cannabis in dosage form will immediately ease human pain and suffering and help to move medical marijuana from the underground economy to the mainstream of the nation’s health-care system.”

— STEVEN R. PATIERNO, PHD, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF THE DUKE CANCER INSTITUTE AND PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE AT DUKE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

“Marijuana clearly has medicinal value. Thousands of seriously ill Americans have been able to determine that for themselves, albeit illegally. Like my own family, these individuals did not wish to break the law but they had no other choice. The numerous attempts to legitimately resolve the issue-via state legislation and federal administrative hearings-have too often been ignored or thwarted by misguided federal agencies. Several states conducted extensive, and expensive, research programs which demonstrated marijuana’s medical utility-particularly in the treatment of chemotherapy side-effects. Francis L. Young, the chief administrative law judge of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, ruled marijuana has legitimate medical applications and should be available to doctors.”

— LYN NOFZIGER, FORMER PRESS SECRETARY TO RONALD REAGAN

“Many of the chronically ill have successfully sought relief with the use of medical cannabis, an age-old remedy that now shows real scientific efficacy. Hundreds of thousands of the sick have replaced disabling narcotics and other psychotropic medications with nontoxic and benign cannabis. The anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. Folks with spinal injuries able to give up their walkers, AIDS patients able to gain weight and keep their medications down, cancer patients finding relief from the terrible nausea of chemotherapy, chronic pain patients once again functional with their consciousness restored from narcotic lethargy, and folks once disabled from crippling psychiatric disorders and addictions, returned to sanity and society with the assistance of a nontoxic herb with remarkable healing powers.“

— JAY CAVANAUGH, PHD, NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE AMERICAN ALLIANCE FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS (AAMC)

“The issue of whether marijuana has medicinal benefits no longer seems to be in question. Hundreds of scientific studies and thousands of testimonials from patients have established marijuana’s effectiveness in controlling the nausea of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation; in enhancing appetites for AIDS patients who suffer a wasting syndrome or who have adverse reactions to their HAART (highly active antiretroviral treatment) medications; in reducing intraocular pressure for persons with glaucoma; in giving relief from spasms of muscular dystrophy; and for relieving pain from dozens of other serious diseases.”

— JERRY S. MANDEL, PHD, EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY AT SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY AND HARVEY W. FELDMAN, PHD, FORMER FELLOW OF THE DRUG ABUSE COUNCIL

“I grew up knowing that cannabis could be a medicine… I’m not aware of any proven long-term [harmful] effects from cannabis. People have been trying to find major risks [from marijuana], but I’ve never seen any documented. We know if you smoke cannabis your chances of getting lung cancer are less than if you don’t smoke anything at all.”

— DAVID L. BEARMAN, MD, PHYSICIAN AND MEDICAL MARIJUANA EXPERT

“There are really no other medications that have the same mechanisms of action as marijuana. Dronabinol (Marinol) is available by prescription in capsules, but has the distinct disadvantage of containing only synthetic delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is only one of many therapeutically beneficial cannabinoids in the natural plant. Interestingly, it is the most psychoactive of the cannabinoids and is the one that the Federal government allows to be prescribed!

Cannabinoids are now known to have the capacity for neuromodulation, via direct, receptor-based mechanisms, at numerous levels within the nervous system. These provide therapeutic properties that may be applicable to the treatment of neurological disorders, including anti-oxidative, neuroprotective effects, analgesia, anti-inflammatory actions, immunomodulation, modulation of glial cells and tumor growth regulation. Beyond that, the cannabinoids have also been shown to be remarkably safe with no potential for overdose.”

— GREGORY T. CARTER, MD, CLINICAL PROFESSOR AT THE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON AND CO-DIRECTOR OF THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION (MDA)/AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS) CENTER

“The American Nurses Association (ANA) recognizes that patients should have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis. Cannabis or marijuana has been used medicinally for centuries. It has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions.“

— THE AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION (ANA)

“I have seen many patients with chronic pain, muscle spasms, nausea, anorexia, and other unpleasant symptoms obtain significant — often remarkable — relief from cannabis medicines, well beyond what had been provided by traditional (usually opiate-based) pain relievers.“

— DAVID HADORN, MD, PHD, MEDICAL CONSULTANT FOR GW PHARMACEUTICALS, LTD

“The medical benefits of marijuana are widely recognized…there is almost no way that a science-based approach can lead to the conclusion that marijuana–even smoked marijuana–is not medicine. The opposition to medical marijuana isn’t based on science, but rather lies and myths that are refutable by indisputable facts… Regarding the claim that marijuana is too dangerous to be a medicine, it is interesting to note that there has never been a death attributed to an overdose of marijuana. Clearly, most prescription drugs are far more dangerous than marijuana.”

— ROBERT KAMPIA, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT

“I believe that a federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane… Federal authorities should rescind their prohibition of the medicinal use of marijuana for seriously ill patients and allow physicians to decide which patients to treat. The government should change marijuana’s status from that of a Schedule 1 drug (considered to be potentially addictive and with no current medical use) to that of a Schedule 2 drug (potentially addictive but with some accepted medical use) and regulate it accordingly.”

— JEROME P. KASSIRER, MD, FORMER EDITOR OF THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE

“It is fundamentally wrong to make preserving one’s health — or life — a crime. Yet the federal law on marijuana and many state laws do just that. There is overwhelming evidence that marijuana is one of the safest available treatment options, when used at the direction of a physician. Even the DEA’s Chief Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young, came to that conclusion. Research has shown that marijuana alleviates pain, nausea, AIDS and cancer wasting, and glaucoma. In trials where patients have been allowed to present evidence of their medical need for marijuana, courts have frequently found that marijuana it is medically necessary to their health. With roughly 20% of all cancer deaths caused by wasting, it is cruel and senseless to criminalize the doctor-advised use of a safe, effective, and widely available treatment.“

— KAREN O’KEEFE, JD, ATTORNEY AND LEGISLATIVE ANALYST FOR MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT (MPP)

“Based on much evidence, from patients and doctors alike, on the superior effectiveness and safety of whole cannabis compared to other medications, the President should instruct the NIH and the Food and Drug Administration to make efforts to enroll seriously ill patients whose physicians believe that whole cannabis would be helpful to their conditions in clinical trials, both to allow data-gathering and to provide an alternative to the black market while the scientific questions about the possible utility of cannabis are resolved.”

— THE FEDERATION OF AMERICAN SCIENTISTS

“Be it resolved that this organization urges Congress and the President to enact legislation to reschedule marijuana to allow doctors to prescribe smokable marijuana to patients in need; and, Be it further resolved that this organization urges the US Public Health Service to allow limited access to medicinal marijuana by promptly reopening the Investigational New Drug compassionate access program to new applicants.”

— THE LYMPHOMA FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

“Cannabis smoking, even of a crude, low-grade product, provides effective symptomatic relief of pain, muscle spasms, and intraocular pressure elevations in selected patients failing other modes of treatment…

It is the authors’ opinion that the Compassionate IND program should be reopened and extended to other patients in need of clinical cannabis. Failing that, local, state and federal laws might be amended to provide regulated and monitored clinical cannabis to suitable candidates.”

— ETHAN RUSSO, MD, SENIOR MEDICAL ADVISOR AT THE CANNABINOID RESEARCH INSTITUTE

“From working with AIDS and cancer patients, I repeatedly saw how marijuana could ameliorate a patient’s debilitating fatigue, restore appetite, diminish pain, remedy nausea, cure vomiting and curtail down-to-the-bone weight loss. The federal obsession with a political agenda that keeps marijuana out of the hands of sick and dying people is appalling and irrational. Washington bureaucrats — far removed from the troubled bedsides of sick and dying patients — are ignoring what patients and doctors and health care workers are telling them about real world suffering. The federal refusal to honor public referendums like California’s voter-approved Medical Marijuana Initiative is as bewildering as it is ominous. Its refusal to listen to doctors groups like the California Medical Association that support compassionate use of medical marijuana is chilling.

In a society that has witnessed extensive positive experiences with medicinal marijuana, as long as it is safe and not proven to be ineffective, why shouldn’t seriously ill patients have access to it? Why should an old woman be made to die a horrible death for a hollow political symbol?“

— KATE SCANNELL, MD, CO-DIRECTOR OF THE KAISER-PERMANENTE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ETHICS DEPARTMENT

“Another knock on the gateway theory: In Japan, where marijuana use is far lower than in most Western countries, 83 percent of illicit drug users did not start out smoking pot, according to a 2010 study. And there is now mounting evidence that factors such as poverty and poor social environment are a greater predictor of hard drug use than early exposure to soft drugs.”

— Douglas Quenqua in his New York Times article “A Comeback for the Gateway Drug Theory?”

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them

— Liberty Hyde Bailey

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.

— William Blake

It makes me feel the way I need to feel.

— Snoop Dogg

The best doctor gives the least medicine

— Benjamin Franklin

I do smoke, but I don’t go through all this trouble just because I want to make my drug of choice legal. It’s about personal freedom. We should have the right in this country to do what we want, if we don’t hurt anybody

— Woody Harrelson

Nature is the healer of disease

— Hippocrates

It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has

— Hippocrates

One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It’s a substitution of artificial therapy over nature, of poisons over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.

— Dr. Royal Lee

Like people, plants respond to extra attention

— H. Peter Loewer

I have found, through years of practice, that people garden in order to make something grow; to interact with nature; to share, to find sanctuary, to heal, to honor the earth, to leave a mark. Through gardening, we feel whole as we make our personal work of art upon our land.

— Julie Moir Messervy

“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.”
“When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.”
“Music and herb go together. It’s been a long time now I smoke herb. From 1960’s when I first start singing”

— Bob Marley

“I didn’t live my life in the right way for politics, you know I fuc*ed too many chicks and did too many drugs, and that’s the truth… I drank the bong water.”

— George Clooney

“My point of view, while extremely cogent, is unpopular. . . . That the repressive nature of the legalities vis-a-vis drugs are destroying the legal system and corrupting the police system.”

— Jack Nicholson

“I’m not a great pothead or anything like that, but weed is much, much more dangerous than alcohol.”

— Johnny Depp

“Do you know how many movies I wrote when I was high?”

— Jon Stewart

“I smoke a lot of pot when I write music”

— Lady Gaga

“It [my behavior on the show in 1994] wasn’t because I was excited about you [David Letterman]. I think it may have had something to do with the joint I smoked before I came on.”

— Madonna

“Kush rolled, glass full…I prefer the better things.”

— Rihanna

“Lige gyldigt hvad vi hver især har af meninger her i livet, synes jeg at det altid er vigtigt, at lytte til andre menneskers udfordringer og oplevelser . Eftersom vi ikke kan leve og nødvendigvis forstå andres liv, må vi derfor lytte til deres erfaringer. Jeg mener bestemt at dette er én af de gange, hvor vi som et minimum skal lytte!”

— Ida Corr (om medicinsk cannabis)

“Tjald er en døråbner” “og man kommer ind i et særligt rum, som passer rigtig godt sammen med at spille musik. Man kan godt komme ind i det rum uden at ryge – det tager bare meget længere tid”.

— Kim Larsen