Quotes from the California gubernatorial candidates on legalizing marijuana
"Prohibition... goes beyond the bound of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation
and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded"
William F. Buckley, Jr.
"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."
"When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it. I didn't inhale and never tried it again."
"When I was a kid I inhaled frequently. That was the point." (quoted on marijuana)
"I enjoy smoking cannabis and see no harm in it."
"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."
"That is not a drug. It's a leaf."
"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law.
For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing
laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this
country is closely connected with this."
(quoted on hemp)
"Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual
than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed.
Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marihuana in private for personal use...
Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession
of up to one ounce of marihuana."
"When a private enterprise fails, it is closed down; when a government enterprise fails,
it is expanded. Isn't that exactly what's been happening with drugs?"
"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."
California Superior Court Judge Jim Gray "Did you know that, since the federal government first banned marijuana in 1937,
usage in this country has gone up by about 4000% ?"
DEA Judge Francis Young
"Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man..."
"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."
DEA Chief Thomas Constantine
"[In] my era everybody smoked and everybody drank and there was no drug use"
"You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards
that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the
Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob? What is the matter
with them? I suppose it is because most of them
LAPD Chief Darryl Gates
"Casual drug users should be taken out and shot"
ONDCP Reauthorization Act of 1998
"The [ONDCP] Director ... shall ... take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt to legalize the use of a substance (in any form) that
(A) is listed in schedule I of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act ..."
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