From a stalwart of comedy to the icons of reggae and even the leader of the free world, it seems the stereotype of a stoner doesn’t exist outside of the cinema, as these legends prove. While some of these people are known for other quotes, which live on in recordings that are listened to by millions each and every day, you might be surprised – and, when it comes to some, not too surprised – to learn that your favorite herb can lead to some inspiring words, which come from artists, politicians and MMA color commentators alike.
1. Bob Marley
When you smoke herb, it reveals you to yourself.
2. Barack Obama
When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.
3. Louis Armstrong
[it] makes you forget all the bad things that happen to a Negro. It makes you feel wanted, and when you’re with another tea smoker, it makes you feel a special kinship.
4. Joe Rogan
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.
5. Terence McKenna
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.
6. Henry Ford
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?
7. Steve Martin (SNL skit)
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.
8. Carl Sagan
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.
9. Willie Nelson
The biggest killer on the planet is stress and I still think the best medicine is and always has been cannabis.
10. Peter Tosh
I don’t smoke marijuana, man. Marijuana is a girl from Cuba…Ganja…is a bird from Australia, I smoke herb.