April 27, 2018

The cannabis plant has been a part of our history for thousands of years and everyone has an opinion about it, from comedians to our founding fathers - below are some quotes sharing their personal beliefs on our favorite plant!



“Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.”

– George Washington / 1st President of the United States



Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.”

– William F. Buckley Jr / American conservative author and commentator


“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.”

– Bob Marley / Musician


“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 / American trumpeter, composer, singer and actor


“It is beyond my comprehension that any humane person would withhold such a beneficial substance from people in such great need simply because others use it for different purposes.”

– Steven Gould / American science fiction writer and teacher


“If you substitute marijuana for tobacco and alcohol, you’ll add eight to 24 years to your life.”

– Jack Herer / Author, Hemp Activist


“There are only two kinds of dealers. Those who need forklifts, and those who don’t.”

– Tom Forcade / Founder of High Times Magazine

“I’ve been smoking marijuana for 44 years now, and … I think it’s a tremendous blessing.”

– Lester Grinspoon / Psychiatry Professor at Harvard University


“I think pot should be legal. I don’t smoke it, but I like the smell of it.”

– Andy Warhol / Artist


“It would be wryly interesting if in human history the cultivation of marijuana led generally to the invention of agriculture, and thereby to civilization.”

– Carl Sagan / American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author


“Federal and state laws (should) be changed to no longer make it a crime to possess marijuana for private use.”

– Richard M. Nixon / 37th President


“That is not a drug. It’s a leaf.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger / Actor, politician, businessman, author, and philanthropist


“The other day they asked me about mandatory drug testing. I said I believed in drug testing a long time ago. All through the sixties I tested everything.”

– Bill Lee / Pitcher for Boston Red Sox


“I’ve known enough drug users–going as far back as grade school and the streets of New York–not to view them as pariahs or lost souls. I’ve certainly smoked more than my quota of weed.”

– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / Center for L.A. Lakers


“Most of the players in the league use marijuana, and I have and do partake in smoking weed in the offseason sometimes.”

– Josh Howard / Forward for Dallas Mavericks


“I think that marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry. It would be wonderful for the state of Maine. There’s some pretty good homegrown dope. I’m sure it would be even better if you could grow it with fertilizers and have greenhouses.”

– Stephen King / Novelist


“She’s not a pothead. That thing on her neck is a vase. And anyway, I’m all for legalization. After all, why should surrealism be illegal?”

– Jarod Kintz / Novelist


I apprehended the structure of certain pieces of jazz and classical music in a new manner under the influence of marijuana, and these apprehensions have remained valid in years of normal consciousness.”

– Allen Ginsberg / American Poet


“Alcohol and marijuana, if used in moderation, plus loud, usually low-class music, make stress and boredom infinitely more bearable.”

– Kurt Vonnegut / Novelist


“Smoking helped put me in touch with the realm of the senses.”

– Hugh Hefner / American businessman behind Playboy Magazine


“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 / Founder of Ford Motor Company


“I have friends who smoke pot… It’s ridiculous to treat them as criminals.”

– David Koch / American businessman, philanthropist, and political activist


“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 / English business magnate, investor and philanthropist


“I have found in my study of these patients that cannabis is really a safe, effective and non-toxic alternative to many standard medications. There is no such thing as an overdose. We have seen very minimal problems with abuse or dependence, which at worst are equivalent to dependence on caffeine. While a substance may have some potential for misuse, in my opinion, that’s a poor excuse to deny its use and benefit to everyone else.”

– Philip Denney / MD, Physician, and co-founder of a medical cannabis practice


“The evidence is overwhelming that marijuana can relieve certain types of pain, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms caused by such illnesses as multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS — or by the harsh drugs sometimes used to treat them. And it can do so with remarkable safety. Indeed, marijuana is less toxic than many of the drugs that physicians prescribe every day.”

– Joycelyn Elders / MD, Pediatrician, and Public Health Administrator


“As a physician, I recommend nutritious hemp seeds and oil to anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet. Everyone will benefit when American farmers can grow this amazing crop once again.”

– Andrew Weil, M.D. / Physician, Neuropath, Writer, and Teacher of Holistic Medicine


“Why is marijuana against the law? It grows naturally upon our planet. Doesn’t the idea of making nature against the law seem to you a bit…unnatural?”

– Bill Hicks / Stand-up comedian and social critic


“Marijuana is quite possibly the finest of intoxicants. It has been scientifically proven, for decades, to be much less harmful to the body than alcohol when used on a regular basis (Google “Science”).”

– Nick Offerman / Actor


“Of course I know how to roll a joint.”

– Martha Stewart / Businesswoman and TV personality


“When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point.”

– Barack Obama / 44th President


“I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is a flower. God put it here.”

– Willie Nelson / Musician


“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.”

– Hunter S. Thompson / American journalist and author


“I wake up early in the morning and it feels so good. Smoking on some shit that you wish you could.”

– Snoop Dogg / Musician


“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.”

– Carl Sagan / American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author


[Marijuana] doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works… [I]t is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve marijuana. We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.”

– Dr. Sanjay Gupta / American neurosurgeon and media reporter


“Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.”

– Richard Neville /  Novelist