Many famous people have expressed their views on cannabis and hemp over the centuries. Some of these cannabis quotes have endured the test of time, while others are much more recent.
 You may or not be surprised on what you will find in this section.





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MARIJUANA HISTORICAL FACTS

HISTORY OF CANNABIS RESEARCH


On the backside of a pack of rolling papers, I once read, "after all it is only a weed that turns to a flower in your mind." Hence, this websites views are expressed through the open source cannabis health widget above.

In Alphabetical order - FAMOUS PEOPLE'S CANNABIS QUOTES

Albert Einstein (German born Theoretical physicist) quote on Marijuana -

 "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 cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this."


Alexander Dumas (French writer) quote on Marijuana -

"When you return to this mundane sphere from your visionary world, you would seem to leave a Neapolitan spring for a Lapland winter - to quit paradise for earth - heaven for hell! Taste the hashish, guest of mine - taste the hashish!"

 

 

 


 Alex E. Jones (American radio host) quote on Marijuana -

“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.”


Al Gore (American politician who served as the 45th Vice President) quote on Marijuana -

"Mr. Gore had said his cannabis consumption was 'infrequent and rare."

 

 


 Andrew Cuomo (American politician who served as the 56th Governor of New York) quote on Marijuana -

"I did experiment with marijuana when I was a youth."

 

 

 


 

Andy Warhol (American artist) quote on Marijuana -

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

 

 


 

Angelina Jolie (American Actor) quote on Marijuana -

"...the one that has the worst effect for me was pot. I felt silly and giggly - I hate feeling like that."

 

 

 


 Arnold Schwarzenegger ( Austrian-born American actor, film producer, activist, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional body-builder and, served two terms as the 38th Governor of California) quote on Marijuana -

"That is not a drug, it's a leaf."

 


 Art Garfunkel (American singer and song writer) quote on Marijuana -

 "If John Lennon is deported, I'm leaving too...with my musicians..and my marijuana."

 

 


 Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft Corporation) quote on Marijuana -

"As for drugs, marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice..."

 


 Bill Hicks (American comedian) quote on Marijuana -

“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 Maher (American stand-up comedian, television host, political commentator, satirist, author, and actor.) quotes on Marijuana -

  • “New Rule: If an Evangelical tries to use Halloween to pimp Jesus to kids, they get to egg his house. On Halloween, the president of the American Family Association urged his flock to hand out a Christian-based comic book instead of candy. Excuse me, Halloween isn't a time to push your beliefs. You don't see me handing out pot to kids...Okay, well not the little kids.”
  •  "Look, I have never made a secret of the fact that I have tried marijuana... About 50,000 times."

Bill Murray (American actor and comedian) quote on Marijuana -

"Arrested and convicted for possessing nine pounds of marijuana in 1970."

 

 

 


 Billie Joe Armstrong (American singer and songwriter, musician, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and actor) quote on Marijuana -

"I'm an idiot anyway, but sometimes you feel like an idiot times ten when you're stoned."

 

 


Bob Marley (Jamaican reggae singer-songwriter) quotes on Marijuana -

  • “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".

Brad Pitt (American actor) quote on Marijuana -

"I was hiding out from the celebrity thing, I was smoking way too much [marijuana]."

 

 

 


 

 Bryan Cranston (American actor) quote on Marijuana -

"Pot always just made me sleepy."

 

 

 


 Carl Sagan (American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences) quote on Marijuana -

“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.”

 


 

Clarence Thomas (American judge and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court or the United States) quote on Marijuana -

  “probably shouldn’t carry 30 pounds of marijuana,”

 

 


 

Conan O'Brein (American Comedian Talk-show host) quote on Marijuana -

"I've tried pot, but it doesn't do much for me."

 

 

 


 

Cornell Woolrich (American Author) quote on Marijuana -

“There was no time to weigh chances. There was no such thing as chances anyway, in the distorted perspective of the weed fumes.”

 

 


 Daniel Willey (American author) quote on Marijuana -

“One day in my pharmacology class, we were discussing the possibility of legalizing marijuana. The class was pretty evenly divided between those that advocated legalizing marijuana and those that did not. The professor said he wanted to hear from a few people on both sides of the argument. A couple students had the opportunity to stand in front of the class and present their arguments. One student got up and spoke about how any kind of marijuana use was morally wrong and how nobody in the class could give him any example of someone who needed marijuana.

A small girl in the back of the classroom raised her hand and said that she didn’t want to get up, but just wanted to comment that there are SOME situations in which people might need marijuana. The same boy from before spoke up and said that she needed to back up her statements and that he still stood by the fact that there wasn’t anyone who truly needed marijuana.

The same girl in the back of the classroom slowly stood up. As she raised her head to look at the boy, I could physically see her calling on every drop of confidence in her body. She told us that her husband had cancer. She started to tear up, as she related how he couldn’t take any of the painkillers to deal with the radiation and chemotherapy treatments. His body was allergic and would have violent reactions to them. She told us how he had finally given in and tried marijuana. Not only did it help him to feel better, but it allowed him to have enough of an appetite to get the nutrients he so desperately needed.

She started to sob as she told us that for the past month she had to meet with drug dealers to buy her husband the only medicine that would take the pain away. She struggled every day because according to society, she was a criminal, but she was willing to do anything she could to help her sick husband. Sobbing uncontrollably now, she ran out of the classroom. The whole classroom sat there in silence for a few minutes. Eventually, my professor asked, “Is there anyone that thinks this girl is doing something wrong?” Not one person raised their hand.”


 

Darrell Gates (Chief of L.A.P.D. & US Senate Judiciary Committee) quote on Marijuana -

"Casual drug users should be taken out and shot".

 


 David Faustino, (Actor "Bud" in televisions sitcom Married With Children) quote on Marijuana -

"We had an episode where Bud asks his dad, 'I was named after the beer, right, Dad?' And Ed O'Neill, who played my dad, says, 'Uh. . . . Right, son!' My theory is that Bud Bundy was named after marijuana.


David Letterman (Television talk-show host) quote on Marijuana -

"I went through one period when I smoked a surprising, a really breath-taking, amount of grass almost every night."

 

 


 Donna Tartt (American writer and author) quote on Marijuana -

“And, to be honest, if weed is a gateway drug, then I really did hop the fence, but sometimes I can’t help but miss the sticky-sweet warmth of a good old fashioned hot box.”

 


 

Elizabeth May (Canadian politician and leader of The Green Party) quote on Marijuana -

"I am not a fan of marijuana use. I have to confess this. I know all politicians are asked. I've never used marijuana. I apologize."

 

 


 Ellen Hopkins (Novelist and New York Times best-selling author) quote on Marijuana -

“The amount of money and of legal energy being given to prosecute hundreds of thousands of Americans who are caught with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense - the kindest way to put it. A sterner way to put it is that it is an outrage, an imposition on basic civil liberties and on the reasonable expenditure of social energy.” 

 

 


Flynn Meaney (American Novelist) quote on Marijuana -

“If you skip one class, everyone knows about it. The teacher will track you down, or one of the guidance counsellors will track you down and ask if you're smoking pot. According to the geniuses running this place, the only reason you would skip class is if you're smoking pot, though I actually find my classes more enjoyable when I'm high.” 

 

 


Francis Young (DEA Administrative Law Judge - 1988) quote on Marijuana -

“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."

 


Gary Johnson (American politician, businessman, and member of the Libertarian Party) quote on Marijuana -

"In that state somebody came by and said. 'Gary? Would marijuana help do you think?' And my response was immediately, 'Yes, I don't know why I didn't think of it, but I think that would help immensely.' And it did."

 


George Clooney (American actor) quote on Marijuana - 

"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 Soros (Hungarian-born American businessman and investor) quote on Marijuana -

"but it did not become a habit and I have not tasted it in many years."

 

 

 


 

George Washington (first President of the United States from 1789–1797) quote on Marijuana -

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

 

 



 

George W Bush (43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009) quote on Marijuana -

"I wouldn't answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don't want some little kid doing what I tried."

 

 


Harry J Anslinger (assistant prohibition commissioner in the Bureau of Prohibition) quotes on Marijuana -

  • "The primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races."
  • "How many murders, suicides, robberies, criminal assaults, holdups, burglaries and deeds of maniacal insanity it causes each year, especially among the young, can only be conjectured...No one knows, when he places a marijuana cigarette to his lips, whether he will become a joyous reveller in a musical heaven, a mad insensate, a calm philosopher, or a murderer..."
  • "Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers. Their satanic music is driven by marijuana, and marijuana smoking by white women makes them want to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and others. It is a drug that causes insanity, criminality, and death — the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind."
  • “In the year 1090, there was founded in Persia the religious and military order of the Assassins, whose history is one of cruelty, barbarity, and murder, and for good reason: the members were confirmed users of hashish, or marihuana, and it is from the Arabs’ ‘hashashin’ that we have the English word ‘assassin.’”
  • “Users of marijuana become STIMULATED as they inhale the drug and are LIKELY TO DO ANYTHING. Most crimes of violence in this section, especially in country districts are laid to users of that drug.” “Was it marijuana, the new Mexican drug, that nerved the murderous arm of Clara Phillips when she hammered out her victim’s life in Los Angeles?… THREE-FOURTHS OF THE CRIMES of violence in this country today are committed by DOPE SLAVES — that is a matter of cold record.”


Holy Bible: King James Version quote on Marijuana -

“And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more.”

 

 

 


 Henry Ford (American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company.) 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 can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?"

 

 


  Howard Stern (American radio host) quote on Marijuana -

"I'm for legalizing marijuana. Why pick on those drugs? Valium is legal. You just go to a doctor and get it and overdose on it - what's the difference? Prozac, all that stuff, so why not marijuana? Who cares? It's something that grows out of the ground - why not? Go smoke a head Billie Joe Armstrong of cabbage. I don't care what you smoke."

 


 

Hugh Hefner (American adult magazine publisher) quote on Marijuana -

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

 

 


Jack Herer (American author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes) quotes on Marijuana -

  • "Growing hemp as nature designed it is vital to our urgent need to reduce greenhouse gases and ensure the survival of our planet." 
  • "If you substitute marijuana for tobacco and alcohol, you'll add eight to 24 years to your life."
  • "Many artists and writers have used cannabis for creative stimulation - from the writers of the world's religious masterpieces to our most irreverent satirists."
  • "The only dead bodies from marijuana are in the prisons and at the hands of the police. This is ridiculous." 
  • "Well, as I understand it, the main supporters are beer companies and the pharmaceutical companies. I'd like them to show me the dead bodies from marijuana. But they can't because there aren't any." "But you can count the dead bodies from alcohol, tobacco, and legal pharmaceuticals by the millions."

 

Jack Layton (Canadian politician) quote on Marijuana -

"Yes, and some might say I've never exhaled. "

 

 

 


 

Jack Nicholson (American actor) quote on Marijuana -

"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."

 

 


 

Jay Leno (American comedian and television host) quote on Marijuana -

"Forty million Americans smoked marijuana; the only ones who didn't like it were Judge Ginberg, Clarence Thomas, and Bill Clinton" 

 

 


 

Jennifer Aniston (American actress) quote on Marijuana - " I enjoy smoking and I see no harm in it".

 

 

 

 

 


 

Jesse Ventura () quote on Marijuana -  "The war on drugs is a failure for the same reasons Prohibition was a failure… Just imagine if we could find some way for addicts to get their drugs cheaply, safely, and legally. The bottom would drop out of the illegal drug market. We’d see a huge drop in organized and violent crime."

 

 


 

Jimmy Carter (39th President of the United States) quote on Marijuana -  “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.”

 


 

Joe Rogan (American actor) quote on Marijuana - video "Me, I know a little bit. No one has died from pot in over 10,000 years of use. 400,000 people every year die directly, in this country alone, directly from use of cigarettes."

 


 

John Adams (2nd President of the United States) quote on Marijuana - "We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption."

 

 

 


 

John Hickenlooper (42nd Governor of Colorado) quote on Marijuana - " As I've already been open in the past, and as I assume many would expect, I made personal choices when I was younger that I neither support nor condone for others, and certainly wouldn't encourage through public policy."

 


  

Johnny Depp (American actor) quote on Marijuana -"I'm not a great pothead or anything like that, but weed is much, much more dangerous than alcohol."

 

 

 


 

John Wayne (American actor) quote on Marijuana - "There's been no top authority saying what marijuana does to you. I really don't know that much about it. I tried it once but it didn't do anything to me."

 

 

 


 

Jon Stewart (American comedian) quote on Marijuana - "Do you know how many movies I wrote when I was high?"

 

 

 

 


 

Justin Trudeau (23rd Prime Minister of Canada) quotes on Marijuana - 

  • “No, it wasn’t a mistake,” Trudeau told journalists in Quebec City.
  • “I do not consume cannabis. I am not a big consumer at all. I tried it…
  • “I’ve never tried other types of hard drugs. I am not a consumer of marijuana but, yes, I’ve already tried it. I used it – maybe five or six times in my life.”
  • "The continued prohibition of cannabis jeopardizes the health and well-being of Canadians much more than does the substance itself."
 

 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (American retired professional basketball player) quote on Marijuana - "I use it to control the nausea which comes with the headaches"

 

 

 

 


 

Kris Kidd (American radio host) quote on Marijuana - “And, to be honest, if weed is a gateway drug, then I really did hop the fence, but sometimes I can’t help but miss the sticky-sweet warmth of a good old fashioned hot box.”

 

 

 


 

Lady Gaga (American pop singer and songwriter) quote on Marijuana -"I smoke a lotof pot when I write music"

 

 


 

Lebron James (American professional basketball player) quote on Marijuana - "James also revealed he and his teammates smoked marijuana one night after getting access to a hotel room in Akron."

 

 


 

Lester Grinspoon (Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School) quote on Marijuana - “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.”


 

Louis Armstrong (American trumpeter, composer and singer) quote on Marijuana - 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."

 


 

Madonna (American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and businesswoman) quote on Marijuana - "It [my behaviour 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."

 

 

 


 

Mark Emery (Canadian cannabis activist) quote on Marijuana “I am blessed by what the DEA has done. I'd rather see marijuana legalized than me being saved from a U.S. jail.”

 

 


 

Martha Stewart (American businesswoman, writer, and television personality) quote on Marijuana - Of course I know how to roll a joint."

 

 

 

 

 


 

Matt Damon (American actor) quote on Marijuana - " The first time I smoked was at home with my mother and step-father."

 

 

 


 

Maya Angelou (American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist) quote on Marijuana - "Angelou settled into a job as a waitress and began smoking marijuana with abandon."

 

 


 

Michael Bloomberg (American business magnate, politician, and philanthropist) quote on Marijuana - "You bet I did. And I enjoyed it."

 

 

 


 

Michael Phelps (American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time) quote on Marijuana - "I'm 23 years old, and despite the successes I have had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner that people have come to expect from me,"

 


 

Miley Cyrus (American singer, songwriter, and actress) quote on Marijuana - "You know you're a stoner when your friends make you a Bob Marley cake."

 

 

 


 

Morgan Freeman (American actor and narrator) quote on Marijuana -  "Never give up the ganja."

 

 


 

Newt Gingrich (American political consultant) quote on Marijuana - "That was a sign we were alive and in graduate school in that era."

 


 

Nick Offerman (American actor, comedian, writer, musician, and carpenter) quote on Marijuana - “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”).”

 

 


 

Norman Mailer (American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film-maker, actor, and political activist) quote on Marijuana - "One's condition on marijuana is always existential. One can feel the importance of each moment and how it is changing one. One feels one's being, one becomes aware of the enormous apparatus of nothingness -- the hum of a hi-fi set, the emptiness of a pointless interruption, one becomes aware of the war between each of us, how the nothingness in each of us seeks to attack the being of others, how our being in turn is attacked by the nothingness in others"

 


 

Oliver Stone (American film director, screenwriter, and producer.) quote on Marijuana - "I went to Vietnam, and I was there for a long time [Using marijuana} made the difference between staying human or, as Michael Douglas said, becoming a beast."

 

 

 


 Pancho Villa (Mexican Revolutionary) quote on Marijuana - "La cucaracha, la cucaracha, Ya no quieres caminar, Porque no tienes,
Porque le falta, Marihuana que fumar."

English translation quote on Marijuana - "The cockroach, the cockroach, you would not walk, because you do not have marijuana to smoke."

 


 

Peter McWilliams (American self-help author) quote on Marijuana - "You're asking the government to control individual morality. This is a government that can't buy a toilet seat for under $600."

 


 

Randy Kagan (Stand up comedian, actor and writer) quote on Marijuana - “I definitely believe marijuana helps with menstruation. Since I started smoking pot, my girlfriend’s period has become painless for me”

 

 

 

 


 

Richard Branson (English business magnate, investor, and philanthropist) wrote  "Millions of otherwise productive lives are wasted in jail for marijuana possession and other nonviolent drug violations. California alone could raise an estimated US $1.4B in annual revenue if it taxed and regulated the sale of marijuana – so imagine the revenue that is keeping the underworld in business."

 


 

Richard Condon (American political novelist) quote on Marijuana - “Mason took in enough cannabis smoke to allow a Lipan Apache manipulating a blanket over it to transmit the complete works of Tennyson.”

 

 

 


 

Richard M. Nixon (37th President of the United States) quote on Marijuana - “Federal and state laws (should) be changed to no longer make it a crime to possess marijuana for private use.”

 

 

 


 

Rick Steves (American author and television personality) quote on Marijuana - "I have used cannabis all over the world."

 

 

 


 

Rihanna (Barbadian singer and songwriter) quote on Marijuana - "Kush rolled, glass full...I prefer the better things."

 

 

 


 

Roger O. Egeberg (American medical educator, administrator and advocate of public health) quote on Marijuana (August 14, 1974) - "Since there is still a considerable void in our knowledge of the plant and effects of the active drug contained in it, our recommendation is that marijuana be retained within schedule 1 at least until the completion of certain studies now underway to resolve the issue."

 

 


 

Ronald Reagan (40th President of the United States) quote on Marijuana - 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."

 

 

 


 

Russell Brand (English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist) quote on Marijuana - “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.”

 

 

 


 

Sanjay Gupta (American neurosurgeon and media reporter) quotes on Marijuana -

  • "I have tried it"
  • “I am more convinced than ever that it is irresponsible to not provide the best care we can, care that often may involve marijuana. I am not backing down on medical marijuana; I am doubling down.” 
  • “We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States (in regards to cannabis), and I apologize for my own role in that.” 
  • “Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I substance, defined as (one of) the most dangerous drugs with no currently accepted medical use. Neither of those statements has ever been factual.”


 

Sebastian Marincolo (Published various articles) quotes on Marijuana - “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.”

  •  “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.”
  • “The movie Koyaanisqatsi shows non-commented time-lapse footage and focuses our attention on the very rhythm of our civilized modern life and nature. A marijuana high can do something for a user similar to what this time-lapse footage does. The enhancement of episodic memory and the acceleration of associative streams of memories can alter and enhance our recognition of patterns in our lives in various ways. If we are presented with quick associative chains of past experiences, we can see a pattern in a body of information that is usually not at once presented to our “inner eye” as such.”

 

Snoop Dogg (American rapper and actor) quote on Marijuana - "It makes me feel the way I need to feel."

 

 

 


 

Seth MacFarlane (American television producer, filmmaker, actor, and singer) quote on Marijuana - "I don't smoke much pot anymore."

 

 

 


 

Stephen Harper (22nd Prime Minister of Canada) quotes on Marijuana -

  • "No, it will not happen under our government," Harper said. “We're very concerned about the spread of drugs in the country and the damage it's doing and as you know we have legislation before the House [of Commons] to crack down."
  •  "In terms of whether I've ever tried or been tempted [to smoke marijuana]? In terms of tried, I think you know that I've said before that I'm asthmatic. I cannot smoke and have never smoked anything," Mr. Harper said. "In terms of temptation I will leave any comment on that to my dialogue with my maker."

 

Steve Martin (American actor, comedian, writer, producer and musician) quote on Marijuana - "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."

 

 


 

Susan Sarandon (American actress) quote on Marijuana - "Cocaine didn't interest me. Not at all. I'm way way back in the early pot..."

 

 

 

 


 


Terence McKenna (American ethnobotanist, mystic, psychonaut, lecturer, author, and an advocate) quote on Marijuana - "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."

 

 


 

 Thomas Jefferson (3rd President of the United States) quotes on Marijuana -

  • "We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption".
  •  "Hemp is the first necessity to the wealth and protection of a country."

 

 


 

Timothy Leary (American psychologist and writer) "Think for yourself. Know what you're doing. Question authority."

 

 

 


 

Tom Brokaw (American television journalist and author) quote on Marijuana - "...what I did was experiment with a little marijuana like alot of other people and walked away..."

 

 


 

Wayne Gerard Trotman (British independent filmmaker, writer, photographer, composer and producer) quote on Marijuana - “You’ve been smoking again, haven’t you? Your eyes look like road maps and you’re in full bastard mode.”

 

 

 


 

William F. Buckley Jr. (American conservative author and commentator) quotes on Marijuana - “The amount of money and of legal energy being given to prosecute hundreds of thousands of Americans who are caught with a few ounces of marijuana in their jeans simply makes no sense - the kindest way to put it. A sterner way to put it is that it is an outrage, an imposition on basic civil liberties and on the reasonable expenditure of social energy.”

  •  "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 S. Burroughs (American novelist, short story writer, satirist, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer) quote on Marijuana - “All political movements are basically anti-creative — since a political movement is a form of war. “There’s no place for impractical dreamers around here,” that’s what they always say. “Your writing activities will be directed, kindly stop horsing around.” “As for the smoking of marijuana, it is the exploitation for the workers.” Both favour alcohol and are against pot.”

 

 


 

Willie Nelson (American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist) quotes on Marijuana - "I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is a herb and a flower. God put it here. If he put it here and wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to sat that GOD is wrong?"

  •  "Don't tell me about health when you're talking about legalizing marijuana because it's not dangerous health-wise. I'm the canary in the mine, and I'm still healthy."

 


 

Woody Harrelson (American actor, activist and playwright) quote on Marijuana - "Hemp was never about marijuana. Marijuana's about marijuana. That's consensual, victimless crime. That's saying, I think I should have the freedom to do whatever the hell I want to do if I'm living in a so-called free country, as long as I'm not hurting someone else. That's freedom."

  •  "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. Seventy-two million people in this country have smoked pot. Eighteen to 20 million in the last year. These people should not be treated as criminals."

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  • “We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that,” - See more at: http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2014/03/fight-cancer-not-cancer-victims#sthash.xZnMsvSv.dpuf
“We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that,”

“I mistakenly believed the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance [a category of dangerous drugs] because of sound scientific proof.”

“They didn’t have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true,”

- See more at: http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2014/03/fight-cancer-not-cancer-victims#sthash.xZnMsvSv.dpufSarah Palin quote on Marijuana - "I can't claim a Bill Clinton and say that I never inhaled."
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"A friend with weed is a friend indeed"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HISTORY of CANNABIS & HEMP STUDIES

MARIJUANA HISTORICAL FACTS

  • For 3000 Years prior to 1842, marijuana and hashish extracts were the most widely-used medicines in the world. Prior to 1842, marijuana and hashish extracts were the most widely used medicines in the world.
  • Benjamin Franklin started one of America's first paper mills with cannabis, allowing a colonial press free from English control.
  • The U.S. Government distributed 400,000 pounds of cannabis seeds to American farmers in 1942 to aid the war effort.
  • Archaeologists agree that cannabis was among the first crops purposely cultivated by human beings at least over 6,000 years ago, and perhaps more than 12,000 years ago.
  • Hemp has been grown for at least the last 12,000 years for fiber (textiles and paper) and food. It has been effectively prohibited in the United States since the 1950s.
  • George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp. Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper. Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper.
  • Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag from hemp.
  • The first report of marijuana as medicine was 2727 B.C. in China.
  • In the U.S.A. hemp was used as medicine began in 1840 with the introduction of stronger varieties of marijuana and was used for almost 100 years. Some 360,000 acres of marijuana was grown annually during World War II, the seed crop grown by the 4H kids in Kentucky.
  • Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd, came from the richest hemp-growing family in Kentucky.
  • The Volstead Act of 1920, which raised the price of alcohol in the United States, positioned marijuana as an attractive alternative and led to an increase in use of the drug. "Tea pads," where a person could purchase marijuana for 25 cents or less, began appearing in cities across the United States, particularly as part of the black "hepster" jazz culture.
  • By 1930 it was reported that there were at least 500 of these "tea pads" in New York City alone. During the Great Depression as unemployment increased, resentment and fear of the Mexican immigrants became connected to marijuana use. Numerous research studies linked marijuana use by lower class communities with crime and violence. In 1937, Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act which criminalized the drug. From 1951 to 1956 stricter sentencing laws set mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related offenses. In the 1950s the beatniks appropriated the use of marijuana from the black hepsters and the drug moved into middle-class white America in the 1960s.
  • Refusing to grow Hemp in America during the 17th and 18th Centuries was against the law! You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow hemp from 1763 to 1769.
  • Jefferson smuggled hemp seeds from China to France then to America.
  • The War of 1812 was fought over hemp. Napoleon wanted to cut off Moscow's export to England.
  • The first crop grown in many states was hemp. 1850 was a peak year for Kentucky producing 40,000 tons. Hemp was the largest cash crop until the 20th Century; State Archives.
  • Oldest known records of hemp farming go back 5000 years in China, although hemp industrialization probably goes back to ancient Egypt.
  • Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Van Gogh as well as most early canvas paintings were principally painted on hemp linen.
  • In 1916, the U.S. Government predicted that by the 1940s all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees need to be cut down. Government studies report that 1 acre of hemp equals 4.1 acres of trees. Plans were in the works to implement such programs; Department of Agriculture
  • Quality paints and varnishes were made from hemp seed oil until 1937. 58,000 tons of hemp seeds were used in America for paint products in 1935.; Sherman Williams Paint Co. testimony before Congress against the 1937 Marijuana Tax Act.
  • *Henry Ford's first Model-T was built to run on hemp gasoline and the car itself was constructed from hemp. On his large estate, Ford was photographed among his hemp fields. The car, 'grown from the soil,' had hemp plastic panels whose impact strength was 10 times stronger than steel; Popular Mechanics, 1941.
  • Hemp called 'Billion Dollar Crop.' It was the first time a cash crop had a business potential to exceed a billion dollars; Popular Mechanics, Feb., 1938.
  •  Mechanical Engineering Magazine (Feb. 1938) published an article entitled 'The Most Profitable and Desirable Crop that Can be Grown.' It stated that if hemp was cultivated using 20th Century technology, it would be the single largest agricultural crop in the U.S. and the rest of the world. In the 1930s, innovations in farm machinery would have caused an industrial revolution when applied to hemp. This single resource could have created millions of new jobs generating thousands of quality products. Hemp, if not made illegal, would have brought America out of the Great Depression.
  • Benjamin Franklin started one of America's first paper mills with cannabis. This allowed America to have a free colonial press without having to beg or justify the need for paper and books from England.
  • Cannabis extract medicines were produced by Eli Lilly, Parke-Davis, Tildens, Brothers Smith (Smith Brothers), Squibb and many other American and European companies and apothecaries. During all that time there was not one reported death from cannabis extract medicines, and virtually no abuse or mental disorders reported, except for first-time or novice users occasionally becoming disoriented or overly introverted.
  • In early 1942, Japan cut off our supplies of vital hemp and course fibers. Marijuana, which had been outlawed in the United States as the "Assassin of Youth" just five years earlier, was suddenly safe enough for our government to ask the kids in the Kentucky 4-H clubs to grow the nation's 1943 seed supply. Each youth was urged to grow at least half an acre, but preferably two acres of hemp for seed.
  • Marijuana was America's number one analgesic for 60 years before the rediscovery of aspirin around 1900. From 1842 to 1900 cannabis made up half of all medicine sold, with virtually no fear of its high.
  • The 1839 report on the uses of cannabis by Dr. W.B. O'Shaugnessy, one of the most respected members of the Royal Academy of Sciences, was just as important to mid-19th Century Western medicine as the discoveries of antibiotics (like penicillin and Terramycin) were to mid-20th Century medicine.
  • From more than 1,000 years before the time of Christ until 1883 A.D., cannabis hemp - indeed, marijuana - was our planet's largest agricultural crop and most important industry, involving thousands of products and enterprises; producing the overall majority of Earth's fiber, fabric, lighting oil, paper, incense and medicines. In addition, it was a primary source of essential food oil and protein for humans and animals.
  • Until 1883, from 75-90% of all paper in the world was made with cannabis hemp fiber including that for books, Bibles, maps, paper money, stocks and bonds, newspapers, etc. The Gutenberg Bible (in the 15th Century); Pantagruel and the Herb pantagruelion, Rabelais (16th Century); King James Bible (17th Century); the works of Fitz Hugh Ludlow, Mark Twain, Victor Hugo, Alexander Dumas; Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" (19th Century); and just about everything else was printed on hemp paper.
  • The first draft of the Declaration of Independence (June 28, 1776) was written on Dutch (hemp) paper, as was the second draft completed on July 2, 1776. This was the document actually agreed to on that day and announced and released on July 4, 1776. On July 19, 1776, Congress ordered the Declaration be copied and engrossed on parchment (a prepared animal skin) and this was the document actually signed by the delegates on August 2, 1776. Hemp paper lasted 50 to 100 times longer than most preparations of papyrus, and was a hundred times easier and cheaper to make.
  • The DEA's own conservative administrative law judge, Francis Young, after taking medical testimony for 15 days and reviewing hundreds of DEA/NIDA documents positioned against the evidence introduced by marijuana reform activists, concluded in September 1988 that "marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man."
  • The parachute used by George Herbert Walker Bush when his bomber was shot down over the Pacific in 1944 was 100% legal American "Marihuana." George W. Bush was not born until 1946. Therefore, legal "Marihuana" has saved the lives of two US Presidents.
  • During the three years that the United States was officially involved in World War II, nearly one million acres of "Marihuana" were legally grown throughout the country. For the next forty years, every Federal Administration denied the existence of the film, "Hemp For Victory." Finally, in 1989, independent researchers discovered two copies of the film in the Library of Congress. Yet to this day, the US Federal government refuses to admit that Cannabis Sativa has any uses, whether as medicine or as a resource.
  • In September of 1937, hemp became illegal. The most useful crop known became a drug and our planet has been suffering ever since.
  • The current laws against the cultivation of Hemp can be attributed to three men, Henry J. Anslinger, Lammont DuPont, and William Randolph Hearst, who made growing hemp illegal. Anslinger was the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, DuPont and Hearst were the owners of the largest chemical company and newspaper, respectively. Hearst began printing outlandish stories with headlines such as "Marijuana goads user to blood lust" and "Hotel clerk identifies Marijuana smoker as gunman". He also took advantage of the country's prejudice against blacks and immigrants by printing that marijuana-crazed negroes were raping white women and by painting pictures of lazy, pot-smoking Mexicans. DuPont's banker Andrew Mellon who happened to be Secretary of the Treasury under Herbert Hoover, also had a nephew-in-law, Henry Anslinger, who had the Marijuana Tax Law of 1937 passed allowing munitions maker DuPont to supply synthetic fibers for the domestic economy without competition.
  • These men succeeded in a conspiracy which ultimately added to the destruction of the environment, by them producing plastic and paper where hemp could have been more beneficial. In 1991 DuPont was still the largest producer of man-made fibers, while no citizen has legally harvested a single acre of textile grade hemp in over 50 years. The standard fiber of world history, America's traditional crop, hemp, could provide our textiles, paper and be the premier source for cellulose. The war industries DuPont, Allied Chemical, Monsanto, and others are protected from competition by the marijuana laws and they make war on the natural cycle and the common farmer.
  • Congress banned hemp because it was said to be the most violence-causing drug known. Anslinger, head of the Drug Commission for 31 years, promoted the idea that marihuana made users act extremely violent. In the 1950s, under the Communist threat of McCarthyism, Anslinger now said the exact opposite. Marijuana will pacify you so much that soldiers would not want to fight.
  • Until the 1820s in America (and until the 20th Century in most of the rest of the world), 80% of all textiles and fabrics used for clothing, tents, bed sheets, and linens, rugs, drapes, quilts, towels, diapers, etc.--and even the US flag, "Old Glory," were principally made from fibers of cannabis hemp.
  • The pot plant is an ALIEN plant. There is physical evidence that cannabis is not like any other plant on this planet. One could conclude that it was brought here for the benefit of humanity. Hemp is the ONLY plant where the males appear one way and the females appear very different, physically! No one ever speaks of males and females in regard to the plant kingdom because plants do not show their sexes; except for cannabis. To determine what sex a certain, normal, Earthly plant is: You have to look internally, at its DNA. A male blade of grass (physically) looks exactly like a female blade of grass. The hemp plant has an intense sexuality. Growers know to kill the males before they fertilize the females. Yes, folks...the most potent pot comes from 'horny females.'
  • "God makes the Earth yield healing herbs, which the prudent man should not neglect. "Sirach: 38:4 (Catholic Bible).
  • Abraham Lincoln was an avowed enemy of prohibition. His wife was prescribed cannabis for her nerves after his assassination. Virtually every president from the mid-19th Century up until prohibition routinely used cannabis medicines
  • It was LEGAL TO PAY TAXES WITH HEMP in America from 1631 until the early 1800s
  • Between 1850 and 1937 marijuana was widely used throughout United States as a medicinal drug and could easily be purchased in pharmacies and general stores. Recreational use was limited in the US until after the Mexican Revolution of 1910, when an influx of Mexican immigrants introduced the habit.
  • In 1619 the Virginia Assembly passed legislation requiring every farmer to grow hemp. Hemp was allowed to be exchanged as legal tender in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland.
  • The US Drug Enforcement Agency classifies all C. sativa varieties as "marijuana." While it is theoretically possible to get permission from the government to grow hemp, DEA would require that the field be secured by fence, razor wire, dogs, guards, and lights, making it cost-prohibitive.
  • The US State Department must certify each year that a foreign nation is cooperating in the war on drugs. The European Union subsidizes its farmers to grow industrial hemp. Those nations are not on this list, because the State Department can tell the difference between hemp and marijuana.
  • Hemp was grown commercially (with increasing governmental interference) in the United States until the 1950s. It was doomed by the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, which placed an extremely high tax on marijuana and made it effectively impossible to grow industrial hemp. While Congress expressly expected the continued production of industrial hemp, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics lumped industrial hemp with marijuana, as it's successor the US Drug Enforcement Administration, does to this day.
  • Over 30 industrialized democracies do distinguish hemp from marijuana. International treaties regarding marijuana make an exception for industrial hemp.
  • Who smokes marijuana? According to recent statistics provided by the federal government, nearly 77 million Americans admit having smoked marijuana. Of these, twenty million Americans smoked marijuana during the past year. Former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and others -- admit they have smoked marijuana.
  • Hemp was already in the new world when the first European colonist arrived, thought to have been introduced from China by explorers, migrating birds from across the Bering Strait, or possibly drifting shipwrecks.
  • It is reported that the colonist were not eager to grow hemp, however the European motherland wanted hemp, and cultivation was deemed mandatory. The Puritans at Jamestown grew hemp, as part of their contract with the Virginia Company. Jean Talon at the order of France Quebec colony minister, confiscated all thread the colonist possessed and forced them to buy it back from him with hemp. Talon supplied the seeds to farmers, which had to be reimbursed after hemp crops were harvested. Mandatory cultivation of hemp continued throughout the New World, the General Court in 1637 at Hartford Connecticut, and the Massachusetts courts in 1639 ordered all families to plant one teaspoon of hemp seed. "that we might in time have supply of linen cloth among ourselves." Several colonies passed legal tender laws, hemp was so valued it was used to pay taxes.
  • Until 1776 many colonies passed laws to encourage farmers to produce hemp, Virginia designed laws to compel farmers, fining those who did not comply. Lobbyist were hired to promote, and education the public about the importance of hemp. Books were published that wanted to establish hemp as America’s trademark product.
  • Colonies under the crown, were banned from spinning and weaving hemp, this fostered dependence to England, which was demanding raw materials from the colonies as a way to increase its labor forces. The exported fibers, were then bought back as finished products from England. As the market was flooded with hemp, immigrant weavers from Ireland arrived in Massachusetts, setting up shop and passing their skills to the peasantry. What may have seem a small movement, grew into self-sufficiency from the British Crown, to the extent of a boycott of English fabric products. These were some of the conditions which lead into the War of Independence from the British. The American paper industry was born of hemp, linen, and cotton rags which provided writing materials throughout the war, essential for communication.
  • In 1777, Edward Antil wrote in his introduction of Observations on the Raising and Dressing of Hemp, "hemp is one of the most profitable productions the earth furnishes in northern climates; as it employs a great number of poor people in a very advantageous manner, if its manufacture is carried on properly: It ... becomes worthy of the serious attention...of every trading man, who truly loves his country."
  • In preparation of war, mandatory cultivation laws were passed, and colonist increased their production of hemp, for paper and clothes. Colonist were convinced to take up arms, as they read pamphlets published on hemp paper. Thomas Paine in 1776 encouraged colonist to fight for freedom with Common Sense he writes "in almost every article of defense we abound. Hemp flourishes even to rankness, so that we need not want cordage."
  • The founding fathers of this nation George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were both promoters of hemp, as noted in their farm diaries spoke of their experiences as hemp farmers. Throughout Washington’s farm diary he spoke about the quality of seeds, always taking care to sow seeds in best areas on his farm. He documented the importance’s of cultivating seeds at the proper time taking care to pull the male plants from the females. In 1790’s Washington began cultivating "Indian hemp" which he said produced the best quality of plant, and noted its superior quality to common hemp mostly grown during that time. Both Washington and Jefferson disliked tobacco, and on occasion they would exchange gifts of a smoking mixtures, Washington reportedly enjoyed smoking hemp flowers, however there is no hard evidence.
  • Jefferson, was also a promoter of hemp, and during his tenure as Governor of Virginia he kept reserves of hemp, and in May of 1781 used hemp as currency when money from the government was in short supply.
  • Jefferson believed hemp to be a superior crop to tobacco, which he said exhausted the soil, used to much manure, provided no nourishment for cattle. Hemp on the other hand "was of the first necessity to commerce and marine, in other words to the wealth and protection of the country." Around 1815 Jefferson received the first US patent for his hemp breaking machine, which reportedly did the work of ten men.
  • Kentucky was a large supplier of hemp, primarily because the soil would not sustain a grain crop. In 1792 its legislature levied a tax of twenty dollars per ton on imported hemp, this worked to Kentucky’s advantage and by 1850 domestic hemp crops increased and the amount of imported hemp dramatically decreased.
  • 1998: One in three Americans, approximately 90 million citizens, have now tried it at least once, and some 10-20% (25 to 50 million Americans) still choose to buy and smoke it regularly, despite urine tests and tougher laws.
  • Richard Nixon ordered the FBI to illegally monitor John Lennon 24-hours a day for six solid months in 1971 because Lennon had given a concert in Michigan to free a student (John Sinclair) from five years in jail for possession of two joints.
  • Approximately 50% of all drug enforcement money, federal and state, during the last 60 years has been directed toward marijuana!
  • Some 70-80% of all persons now in federal and state prisons in America wouldn't have been there as criminals until just 60 or so years ago. In other words we, in our (Anslinger and Hearst inspired) ignorance and prejudice, have placed approximately 800,000 of the 1.2 million people in American prisons (as of August 4, 1998) for crimes that were, at worst, minor habits, up until the Harrison Act, 1914 (whereby the U.S. Supreme Court in 1924 first ruled that drug addicts weren't sick, they were instead vile criminals).
  • Eighty percent of these government "War on Drugs" victims were not dealing. They have been incarcerated for simple possession. And this does not include the quarter of a million more in county jails.
  • Remember, just 30 years ago, in 1978, before the "War on Drugs," there were only 300,000 persons in American prisons for all crimes combined.
  • 1890s, some of the most popular American marriage guides recommend cannabis as an aphrodisiac of extraordinary powers no one ever suggested a prohibition law against cannabis. And while there was talk of an alcohol prohibition law, a number of women's temperance organizations even suggested "hasheesh" as a substitute for "demon" alcohol, which they said led to wife beating.
  • World Fairs and International Expositions from the 1860s through the early 1900s often featured a popular Turkish Hashish Smoking exposition and concession. Hashish smoking was entirely new for Americans; its effects came on much faster. However, smoking hashish was only about one-third as strong or long lasting as orally ingesting the cannabis extract medicines that even American children were regularly prescribed.
  • Cannabis Sativa is the proper name for both marijuana and hemp. From 1619 until outlawed as "Marihuana" in 1937, Cannabis Sativa was the US' largest legal industry.
  • On October 2, 1937, the US Federal government passed the Marihuana Tax Act, which put a prohibitive tax on production of the "drug menace." To grow Cannabis Sativa legally, a citizen of the United States would need to purchase a Special Tax Stamp. To obtain the tax stamp, citizens were required to possess Cannabis Sativa when trying to buy the stamp. However, because of the rules of the Marihuana Tax Act, anyone who possessed marijuana without the stamp was then arrested as a drug dealer. The Federal government refused to release these Special Tax Stamps, thus ensuring that anyone who grew this ancient crop would be deemed a criminal. This was the beginning of marijuana prohibition.
  • The day the Marihuana Tax Act was passed, federal agents arrested Samuel Caldwell, 58, in Denver, CO, for selling two marihuana cigarettes. Samuel Caldwell became the first American convicted under the new federal law. He was sentenced to four years in Levenworth Penitentiary, and died a year after being released.
  • Despite the rampant propaganda of the 1930s against "Marihuana," where newspapers and Federal agencies condemned Cannabis Sativa as "the world's most dangerous narcotic," the US Federal government began issuing the Special Tax Stamps during World War II. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, with imports of coarse fibers cut off by the Japanese, the US Department of Agriculture enacted a plan to ensure a steady supply of the world's strongest natural fibre by legally allowing Americans to grow Cannabis Sativa.
  • The word `marijuana' is a Mexican slang term which became popular in the late 1930's in America, during a series of media and government programs which we now refer to as the `Reefer Madness Movement.' It refers specifically to the medicine part of cannabis, which Mexican soldiers used to smoke.
  • Today in the U.S., hemp (meaning the roots, stalk, and stems of the cannabis plant) is legal to possess. No one can arrest you for wearing a hemp shirt, or using hemp paper. Marijuana (The flowers, buds, or leaves of the cannabis plant) is not legal to possess, and there are stiff fines and possible jail terms for having any marijuana in your possession. The seeds are legal to possess and eat, but only if they are sterilized (will not grow to maturity.)
  • "Cannabis remains by far the most commonly used drug in the world. An estimated 162 million people used cannabis in 2004, equivalent to some 4 per cent of the global population age 15-64. In relative terms, cannabis use is most prevalent in Oceania, followed by North America and Africa. While Asia has the lowest prevalence expressed as part of the population, in absolute terms it is the region that is home to some 52 million cannabis users, more than a third of the estimated total. The next largest markets, in absolute terms, are Africa and North America." Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, "World Drug Report 2006, Volume 1: Analysis" (United Nations: Vienna, Austria, 2006), p. 23
  • Commissioned by President Nixon in 1972, the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse concluded that "Marihuana's relative potential for harm to the vast majority of individual users and its actual impact on society does not justify a social policy designed to seek out and firmly punish those who use it. This judgement is based on prevalent use patterns, on behaviour exhibited by the vast majority of users and on our interpretations of existing medical and scientific data. This position also is consistent with the estimate by law enforcement personnel that the elimination of use is unattainable."  Source: Shafer, Raymond P., et al, Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding, Ch. V, (Washington DC: National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, 1972).
  • The United Kingdom officially downgraded the classification of cannabis from Class B to Class C effective Jan. 29, 2004. The London Guardian reported that "Under the switch, cannabis will be ranked alongside bodybuilding steroids and some anti-depressants. Possession of cannabis will no longer be an arrestable offence in most cases, although police will retain the power to arrest users in certain aggravated situations - such as when the drug is smoked outside schools. The home secretary, David Blunkett, has said the change in the law is necessary to enable police to spend more time tackling class A drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine which cause the most harm and trigger far more crime." Source: Tempest, Matthew, "MPs Vote To Downgrade Cannabis," The Guardian (London, England), Oct. 29, 2003.
  • Greek historian Herodotus records how tribesmen living near Mongolia throw hemp seeds onto a hot stone. "As it burns, it smokes like incense and the smell of it makes them drunk, just as wine does," he writes of what sounds suspiciously like a pre-Christian Bonnaroo. "As more fruit is thrown on, they get more and more intoxicated until they jump up and start singing and dancing."
  • Queen Victoria of England was prescribed cannabis for menstrual cramps by her personal physician Sir Russell Reynolds. He wrote in the first issue of The Lancet in 1890 that ‘when pure and administered carefully, cannabis is one of the most useful medicines we possess.’
  • "State laws should make the public use of marijuana a criminal offence punishable by a $100 fine. Under federal law, marijuana smoked in public would merely be subject to seizure."
  • Richard Nixon's National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse "Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding" - March 1972
  • Speculations on the Origin of Human Intelligence: "In defence of the Pygmies, perhaps I should note that a friend of mine who has spent time with them says that for such activities as the patient stalking and hunting of mammals and fish they prepare themselves through marijuana intoxication, which helps to make the long waits, boring to anyone further evolved than a Komodo dragon, at least moderately tolerable. Ganja is, he says, their only cultivated crop. 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 - The Dragons of Eden 1977

 

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