Quotes

“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 Faustino “Bud” in Married With Children

“Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”

– Federal Bureau of Narcotics Chief Harry J. Anslinger, 1948

“Looking at fires when high, by the way, especially through one of those prism kaleidoscopes which image their surroundings, is an extraordinarily moving and beautiful experience.”

– Carl Sagan

“May 12-13: Sowed Hemp at Muddy hole by Swamp. August 7: Began to separate the Male from the Female at Do – rather too late.”

– George Washington’s Diary

“Marijuana is ten times more dangerous than twenty years ago.”

– Presidential candidate Bill Clinton, 1992

“Marijuana leads to homosexuality … and therefore to AIDS.”

– White House Drug Czar Carlton Turner, 1986

“Mistrust those in whom the urge to punish is strong.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche (German philosopher) (1844-1890)

“By any of the major criteria of harm – mortality, morbidity, toxicity, addictiveness and relationship with crime – [cannabis] is less harmful than any of the other major illicit drugs, or than alcohol or tobacco.”

– Report of the British Police Foundation (March 2000)

“A smoker would theoretically have to consume nearly fifteen hundred pounds of marijuana within about 15 minutes to induce a lethal response… In strict medical terms, marijuana is far safer than many of the foods we commonly consume. For example, eating ten raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death.”

– DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young (Opinion and Recommended Ruling, Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law)

“[In] my era everybody smoked and everybody drank and there was no drug use ”

– DEA Chief Thomas Constantine, (July 1, 1998)

“Estimates suggest that from 20 to 50 million Americans routinely, albeit illegally, smoke marijuana without the benefit of direct medical supervision. Yet, despite this long history of use and the extraordinarily high numbers of social smokers, there are simply no credible reports to suggest that consuming marijuana has caused a single death. By contrast, aspirin, a commonly used, over-the-counter medicine, causes hundreds of deaths each year.”

– DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young (Opinion and Recommended Ruling, Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law)

“I wish I could show you what a small marihuana cigarette can do to one of our degenerate Spanish-speaking residents. That’s why our problem is so great; the greatest percentage of our population is composed of Spanish-speaking persons, most of who are low mentally, because of social and racial conditions.”

– Floyd K. Baskette

“If the hideous monster Frankenstein came face to face with the monster of marijuana he would drop dead of fright.”

– Harry J. Anslinger (The man who made pot illegal)

“[Marijuana is taken by] musicians. And I’m not speaking about good musicians, but the jazz type…”

– Harry J. Anslinger, Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 1948

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

– Federal Bureau of Narcotics Chief Harry J. Anslinger, 1929

“Since you [US “drug tsar” McCaffrey] control a federal budget that has just been increased from $17.8 billion last year to $19.2 billion this year, is asking people like you if we should continue with our nation’s current drug policy like a person asking a barber if one needs a haircut?”

– Judge James P. Gray, Orange Country, California

“It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.”

U.S. Supreme Court, in American Communications Association v. Douds, 339 U.S. 382,442