Just thinking. Sensible, intelligent – and yes, famous – people have a lot of good to say about recreational use of marijuana. At the very least, positive insights on marijuana even on a recreational level bolster the case for legalizing medical marijuana. Here are what famous people said about 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.”
“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
“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.
[DEA Administrative Law Judge - 1988]”
"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?"
- Henry Ford
”Some of my finest hours have been spent on my back veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as my eye can see.”
“I smoked pot in college and in the Army…”
“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
“If someone wants to do drugs … as long as he or she isn’t corrupting minors or driving under the influence or endangering others, shouldn’t a person have that right?”
“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.”
“Make the most of the Indian Hemp Seed and sow it everywhere.”
- George Washington
“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.'”
“The War on Drugs has been an utter failure. We need to rethink and decriminalize our marijuana laws.”
- Barack Obama
“That is not a drug. It’s a leaf”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger
“You bet I did. And I enjoyed it!”
- Michael Bloomberg (NY mayor) when asked if he ever smoked pot.
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
"Marijuana is addictive in the sense that all great things in life are worth repeating."
“It’s just the stupidest law possible… You’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity. And we’re spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can’t win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s stupid.”
“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
“Who most benefits from keeping marijuana illegal? The greatest beneficiaries are the major criminal organizations in Mexico and elsewhere that earn billions of dollars annually from this illicit trade–and who would rapidly lose their competitive advantage if marijuana were a legal commodity. Some claim that they would only move into other illicit enterprises, but they are more likely to be weakened by being deprived of the easy profits they can earn with marijuana.”