You may not know it, but marijuana has a history of acceptance at all levels of human society. Marijuana has been known as a healing substance and a recreational herb by the rich and the poor, the important and the irrelevant, since the first day it was picked, dried and smoked.
Here are some of the best quotes about cannabis, and after reading who they are from and what they say, you’ll wonder why marijuana isn’t legal everywhere!
George Washington, one of our nations founding fathers, who understood that separating the male from the female plants resulted in a better quality experience, had this to say about weed.
“Make the most of the Indian Hemp Seed and sow it everywhere.”
On the other end of the scale, here’s what Jennifer Aniston, everyone’s favorite “Friend,” has to say about marijuana.
“I enjoy smoking cannabis and see no harm in it.”
Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, notorious for the Watergate fiasco, said this about the legalization of marijuana.
“Federal and state laws (should) be changed to no longer make it a crime to possess marijuana for private use.”
The great scientist and fiction writer, Carl Sagan, agreed wholeheartedly with Nixon, but used a bit more forceful language to get his most esteemed point across.
“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.”
As far back as 1968, a United Kingdom Commission called the Wootton Report, studied marijuana and found that it wasn’t worth the expenditure in law enforcement to keep people from using it, since it has virtually no harmful effects. It sums up it’s findings by saying:
“Having reviewed all the material available to us we find ourselves in agreement with the conclusion reached by the Indian Hemp Drugs Commission appointed by the Government of India (1893-94) and the New York Mayor’s Committee (1944 – LaGuardia) that the long-term consumption of cannabis in moderate doses has no harmful effects, the long-asserted dangers of cannabis are exaggerated and that the related law is socially damaging, if not unworkable.”
With quotations like, “I’ll be back, “ and “Hasta la vista, Baby,” Arnold Schwarzenegger knows a thing or two about quotes. As always, direct and to the point, the former Governator of California says this:
“Pot is not a drug.”
Arnold must be telling the truth, because in the famous 1974 Jamaican ganga study, where marijuana consumption was about 5 times more than the average person would ingest, the findings are these:
“As a multipurpose plant, ganga is used medicinally, even by non-smokers… There were no indications of organic brain damage or chromosome damage among smokers and no significant clinical psychiatric, psychological or medical differences between smokers and controls.”
Maybe the best quote of all time, comes from the famous 1930’s musician Cab Calloway. He actually wrote a song called, “The Reefer Man.” The song basically tells the story of a musician who is inspired to make music because of the reefer he had been smoking. As Cab Calloway turns to the musician called The Reefer Man at the end of the song, Calloway requests:
“Pass that thing, slightly, lightly and politely.”
You can well imagine what that “thing” actually was. There are many more quotes about marijuana that are in favor of its legalization, or just plain say how wonderful it is to ingest. But they all follow the same basic tone, that cannabis products are not harmful and that they should be studied for medicinal purposes and made legal across the board.