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Top 10 Marijuana Quotes

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Everyone has an opinion on cannabis, though some have put their thoughts a bit more eloquently than others. We’ve scoured the internet for some favorite lists and picked out some that stood out. Not all of the marijuana quotes on this list are positive. The reason is that marijuana has been a contentious topic over the years, and we want to show that the carefree comments we make now weren’t always so acceptable. Below you’ll find the top ten good, bad and strange marijuana quotes:

The Good

Nick Offerman

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 is known for his role as Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, and some of the quirks of that character have become a part of his off-screen personality (or was it the opposite?). Offerman/Swanson has developed a devoted following over the years, with many young men carefully following his sage advice on how to live life like a real man. This quote proves that marijuana is an important part of every man’s diet, but we’re not sure what it says of whiskey – another notoriously fine intoxicant.

Bob Marley

When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.

It’s hard to choose from Bob Marley’s many marijuana quotes, but this one exemplifies his spiritual approach to cannabis. Always an advocate and loyal Rastafari, he spread the good word about the herb for the entirety of his career, inviting many to join him in its enjoyment and doing a great deal to swing public perception in favor of reason.

Barack Obama

I don’t think [cannabis] is more dangerous than alcohol.

The quote isn’t particularly special in itself – until you recognize that it’s coming from the President of the United States of America. Then it becomes a bit confusing. If marijuana isn’t any more dangerous than alcohol, why are archaic laws still in place that treat it as such? His declaration is still unprecedented (Clinton and Bush admitted to using cannabis at some point, but never made any clear statements conceding that it’s not as dangerous as current drug laws imply).

Carl Sagan

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.

World-famous physicist and stargazer Carl Sagan is known for his intelligent quotes that carry the potential to blow your mind. Turns out, he’s also often carrying something else that can blow your mind – and he’s quite vocal about the laws surrounding it. We couldn’t have said it better if we had an infinite number of tries.

The Bad

Harry J Anslinger

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

This one’s on the list for the opposite reason that the others are, obviously, but it’s important to realize that not every quote about cannabis has been positive. Luckily, this one was spoken sometime in the 1930s and the man who said it is long dead. Anslinger was one of the original propaganda-spewing politicians who initiated the prohibition efforts that forever skewed public opinion on marijuana. Quotes like his above were the norm, and they served to ruin marijuana’s reputation before it ever had a chance.

Ronald Reagan

I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast.

This one is particularly ironic: by invoking a tragic event that was caused by the government, Reagan made baseless claims about something oppressed by that same government. We know now that this is untrue, but during Reagan’s anti-drug crusade in the 1980s, there wasn’t much else for the public to go on. They trusted their leader, and prohibition continued.

Donald Trump

I’ve never taken drugs of any kind, never had a glass of alcohol. Never had a cigarette, never had a cup of coffee.

Come on, man. Live a little. That’s all we have to say on this one. Oh, and don’t vote for him. But that’s for a separate article.

The Strange

Bill Lee

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.

A humorous bit from Bill Lee easily makes the list. We love puns, and “drug testing” apparently had a different meaning to the famous Boston Red Sox pitcher. While he may not have the same quotable qualities that Yogi Berra had, this one stands for its comedic value (and its truthfulness, most likely).

Ricky Williams

I got high, and forgot I wasn’t supposed to get high.

This is possibly the best excuse for getting high when you’re not supposed to. NFL Running Back Ricky Williams blamed his repeated failed drug tests on, well, the drugs he was using. It makes sense, at least.

Hunter S. Thompson

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.

Beer, grapefruit, ice and marijuana. What more could you want? Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson couldn’t think of much, and he knew his people agreed with him. He’s in the weird section more because of his personality than the content of his quote, but we’re sure he wouldn’t want it any other way.

Those are our picks. Got a favorite quote that you think should have made the list? Let us know below or on the forums!

Image of Hunter S Thompson: BMCL / Shutterstock.com

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