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Quotes: What people say about cannabis.
- "CORRECTION: In "For the
Record" (Feb. 24) NR reported that Pope John Paul II
wanted the Italian government to ban tobacco as a hard
drug. In fact he was talking about marijuana. So the Pope
is right about tobacco, though wrong about pot."
National Review Magazine / March 24, 1997 page
- "One of the safest
therapeutically active substances known...."
Drug Enforcement Administration Administrative Law Judge,
Francis Young, 1988
- "True, the Founding Fathers
had provided for a specific right to bear arms, but the
only reason they'd nothing to say to about the right to
plant seeds (was)... because it never would have occurred
to them that any state might care to abridge that right.
After all, they were writing on hemp paper."
Michael Pollan, quoting California flower grower, Will
Fulton. Harper's Magazine / April 1997 page 52.
- "The smoking of cannabis,
even long term, is not harmful to health." EDITORIAL Deglamorising
LANCET . Volume 346, Number 8985,
November 11, 1995, p. 1241.
- "Between 2 and 5 per
thousand cannabis users get into trouble." Dutch Cannabis Policy Update
- "Apparently, in Amsterdam
where use of illicit drugs is made possible due to the
hassle free (illicit) availability of that type of drug,
the use of cannabis satisfies almost all curiosity. Small
numbers of experienced cannabis users try other illicit
substances, mostly cocaine and ecstasy."Cannabis Use, A Stepping Stone to Other Drugs?
The Case of Amsterdam. by Peter Cohen and Arjan Sas.
- "Marijuana gives rise to
insanity -- not in its users but in the policies directed
against it. A nation that sentences the possessor of a
single joint to life imprisonment without parole but sets
a murderer free after perhaps six years is in the grips
of a deep psychosis." More Reefer Madness by Eric Schlosser. An
important article in the April Atlantic Monthly by
the author of two previous articles published in The
Atlantic in 1994.
- "Marijuana causes people to
lose their memory and lose their energy, and it makes
them stupid... It is the last thing that one would want
to see happen on or around a university or state
capital.... And people who are casual about drugs ought
to realize that a lot of people are dying in
America." From The
De-Valuing of America (page 130) by Former drug
addicted Drug Czar William Bennett. (He was on nicotine
maintenance when he was Drug Czar.)
- " Perhaps the most pointed
statement Wednesday to the powers of pot came from Keith
Vines, a prosecutor in the San Francisco district
attorney's office. In 1990, Vines prosecuted what was one
of the biggest drug busts in the city's history. Three
years later, he was near death because of AIDS wasting
recommendation: marijuana. 'As a patient, I made the
decision to save my life,'
said Vines, a plaintiff in the case who still uses
marijuana for medical purposes." From Los Angeles
Times, May 1, 1997 Copyright Los
- Meet the
Press Excerpt August
10, 1997 Samples:
Hardball journalism. MR. RUSSERT: How serious of a problem is
using marijuana for medicinal use?
Strategic analysis, discovering our cavalry techniques
to avoid modern technology. GEN. McCAFFREY: We've got a national
campaign by drug legalizers, in my view, to try and use
medicinal uses of drugs and legalization of hemp as a stalking
horse to get in under the radar screen.
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