With marijuana having become a reality in no less than 23 states all over the country, more and more people are becoming vocal in their support of the magic herb. Increasing tolerance and acceptance by the general public has also caused more people to be less hesitant to share their appreciation for marijuana. Even high-profile individuals have gotten in on the act, with business moguls, athletes, and even presidents admitting to marijuana use (previous and present). This has subsequently given rise to a number of very quotable statements, some of which are quite revolutionary given the status of the person who uttered them. Here are some marijuana-related quotes that have shaken the world.
“When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point.”
Source: Barack Obama
Bill Clinton may have denied inhaling when asked whether or not he had used marijuana in the past, but Barry Obama made no secret that he had inhaled, and–presumably–that he enjoyed it.
“That is not a drug. It’s a leaf”
Source: Arnold Schwarzenegger
The actor, former bodybuilder, and now governor of California may be known for many things, but few would have suspected that he was sympathetic to legalization until he made this surprising statement.
“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”
Source: Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith’s statement probably won’t make him very popular with parents. But telling kids to stay off “the other stuff” at least shows that his heart is in the right place.
“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.”
Source: Hunter S. Thompson
This one isn’t really all that surprising considering the source. Given the Thompson’s now-legendary affinity for drugs of various kinds, for him not to be included in this list would have been the real surprise!
“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.”
Source: Carl Sagan
The noted astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, and author may not be with us any longer, but his astounding body of work casts a long shadow over science and culture. He was also a well-known and vocal user of marijuana and supporter of marijuana legalization who wrote about his advocacy as far back as 1971.
“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.”
Source: Russell Brand
The flamboyantly witty and always quotable Russell Brand seemingly has opinions on virtually everything, and he had the above quote to say about marijuana. As always, his insights are frivolous and colored with imagery, but also on-point.
“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.”
Source: Jimmy Carter
Jimmy may not have admitted to using marijuana as Bill and Barry did, but he was definitely a supporter of marijuana law reform as proven by the above quote.
“Selling pot allowed me to get through college and make enough money to start off in comedy.”
Source: Bill Maher
The noted author, stand-up comic, TV host, and political commentator has definitely done a lot of things throughout his life, but few would have expected that he sold pot at one point.