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„Marijuana… That's not a drug, that's a plant.“

—  Arnold Schwarzenegger actor, businessman and politician of Austrian-American heritage 1947

„Most marijuana smokers are colored people, jazz musicians, and entertainers. Their satanic music is driven by marijuana, and marijuana smoking by white women makes them want to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and others. It is a drug that causes insanity, criminality, and death — the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.“

—  Harry J. Anslinger 1st Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics 1892 - 1975

As quoted in Legalizing Marijuana : Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics‎ (2004) by Rudolph Joseph Gerber, p. 9; also in Hawking Hits on the Information Highway : The Challenge of Online Drug Sales for Law Enforcement (2008) by Laura L. Finley , p. 28, and "The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana" (1994) by Jack Herer, Jeanie Cabarga, and Jeanie Herer, p. 29.
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James P. Gray photo

„The most widely used 'illegal' drug is marijuana, yet, by every measure, it is much less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. In my 30 adult years, this gross injustice has turned me very cynical toward the government.“

—  James P. Gray American judge 1945

“Transcript of Judge James P. Gray's Visit to the Drug Policy Forum,” The New York Times, (June 14, 2001) https://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/14/national/transcript-of-judge-james-p-grays-visit-to-the-drug-policy-forum.html

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„Smoking marijuana is more fun than drinking beer,
But a friend of ours was captured and they gave him thirty years
Maybe we should raise our voices, ask somebody why
But demonstrations are a drag, besides we're much too high.“

—  Phil Ochs American protest singer and songwriter 1940 - 1976

"Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends" http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~trent/ochs/lyrics/small-circle-of-friends.html
Pleasures of the Harbor (1967)

„They can't drop the charges without saying I haven't done anything wrong. And if they do that, I'm going to ask for my marijuana back.“

—  Brownie Mary American medical cannabis activist 1922 - 1999

As quoted in Torgoff, Martin (2005). Can't Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945-2000. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0743230116. p. 443.

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„Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against the possession of marijuana in private for personal use.“

—  Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924

Message to Congress (2 August 1977)
Presidency (1977–1981), 1977

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„I think there were a lot of Christian people who simply stayed home for reasons that I can't figure out. But I think every time we lose major elections or major issues like the same-sex marriage issue or the marijuana issue, it's because Christians just didn't show up and vote.I lay the blame though at the feet of those who sit faithfully in church each Sunday; they probably heard their pastor talk about the importance of this election and how so much was on the line, and yet maybe because they just didn't want to bother with having to stand in line at an election polling place, they just didn't go vote. And we're going to pay dearly for that.If I were Cardinal Dolan or any of the Catholic bishops or priests, I would certainly be very frustrated and discouraged and wonder why aren't they understanding that if they join a church and belong to it, why would they not respect its teachings as having validity. It's one thing to say "well, I can't agree with everything" although I'm not sure why you'd join a church if you dismiss it. But to be openly contemptuous of its teaching and doctrine, it's something I can't understand.“

—  Mike Huckabee Arkansas politician 1955

Focus on the Family radio program http://www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.aspx?ID={D560C7FD-E01C-4B76-845E-9B5C2FCD3A34}, , quoted in [2012-11-08, Huckabee: Any Time We Lose 'It's Because Christians Just Didn't Show Up and Vote', Kyle, Mantyla, Right Wing Watch, http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/huckabee-any-time-we-lose-its-because-christians-just-didnt-show-and-vote, 2012-11-09]

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Josh Homme photo

„Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol.“

—  Josh Homme American musician 1973

"Feel Good Hit of the Summer", Rated R (2000)
Lyrics, Queens of the Stone Age

„I'm not a criminal. I did nothing wrong. I was helping my kids. We desperately need medical marijuana in this country..“

—  Brownie Mary American medical cannabis activist 1922 - 1999

Herscher, E. (1992, August 5). "'Brownie Mary' Is Cheered During Testimony at City Hall". San Francisco Chronicle, p. A1.

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James P. Gray photo

„The war on drugs has done considerable damage to the fourth amendment and that something is very wrong indeed when a person gets a longer sentence for marijuana than for espionage.“

—  James P. Gray American judge 1945

Arnold S. Trebach, Fatal Distraction: The War on Drugs in the Age of Islamic Terrorism, Bloomington, Indiana, Unlimited Publishing LLC (2006) p. 74

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„People can argue about the pluses and minuses of marijuana, but everyone knows it’s not a killer drug like heroin.“

—  Bernie Sanders American politician, senator for Vermont 1941

Twitter (11 August 2016) https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/763746712334852096, quoted in * 2016-08-11 Sanders joins Democrats criticizing DEA for marijuana decision David Weigel Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/08/11/sanders-joins-democrats-criticizing-dea-for-marijuana-decision/
2010s, 2016

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