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Thomas Jefferson Hemp Quotes

“When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.”

– Thomas Jefferson

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.”

– Thomas Jefferson 

“The greatest service that can be rendered to any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.”

– Thomas Jefferson

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.”

– Thomas Jefferson

“An acre of the best ground for hemp, is to be selected and sewn in hemp and be kept for a permanent hemp patch.”

– Thomas Jefferson’s Garden book 1849 

Other Presidential Hemp Quotes

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God cannot long retain it.

– Abraham Lincoln 

“Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!”

– George WashingtonThe Writings of George Washington Volume 33, page 270 (Library of Congress), 1794

“Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”

– Ronald Reagan, U.S. President ​​

“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 [28g] of marihuana.”

– Jimmy Carter, U.S. President, Message to congress, 1977 

“Congress should definitely consider decriminalizing possession of marijuana… We should concentrate on prosecuting the rapists and burglars who are a menace to society.”

– Dan Quayle, U.S. Representative and
Vice president under President Bush, March 1977 

Albert Einstein Hemp Quotes

“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.”

– Albert Einstein, My First Impression of the U.S.A., 1921

“The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are constitutional rights secure.”

– Albert Einstein

“[There is] a duty in refusing to cooperate in any undertaking that violates the Constitutional rights of the individual. This holds in particular
for all inquisitions that are concerned with the private life and the political affiliations of the citizens.”

– Albert Einstein

Other Influential Leaders’ Quotes About Hemp

“In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. It is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.”

– Francis L. Young, Administrative Law Judge of the US drug police DEA, September 6, 1988

“[In] my era everybody smoked and everybody drank and there was no drug use.”

Current DEA Chief Thomas Constantine

“In any civilized society, it is every citizen’s responsibility to obey just laws. But at the same time, it is every citizen’s responsibility to disobey
unjust laws.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

“When they took the 4th Amendment, I was quiet because I didn’t deal drugs. When they took the 5th Amendment, I was quiet because I wasn’t a criminal. When they took the 2nd Amendment, I was quiet because I didn’t own a gun. Now they’ve taken the 1st Amendment, and I can say nothing about it.”

– author unknown 

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.”

– Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

“Cannabis is not an addictive substance. Less than 1 percent of marijuana consumers are daily users.”

– Ontario Justice J.F. McCart, 1997

“I’d always done a lot of (sniffing) glue as a kid. I was very interested in glue, and then I went to lager and speed, and I drifted into heroin because as a kid growing up everybody told me, ‘don’t smoke marijuana, it will kill you’ …”

– Irvine Walsh, author of the best-selling novel about heroin addiction, Trainspotting, recalling his own experience with drug abuse. 

“We in this country have to make up our minds – we can not have it both ways: we cannot be both drug-free and free.”

– Lester Grinspoon, M.D., Harvard Medical School, Co-author Marihuana, The Forbidden MedicineMarihuana Reconsidered

“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.”

– Eric Schlosser

“My only complementary therapy is marijuana. I’ve tried Marinol .. but if you have appetite loss you want to deal with it immediately. Marinol doesn’t kick in immediately, and honestly, it’s not as effective as pot. I’d smoked pot before, and I enjoy it. It’s essential in preventing weight loss.

When I was in Yokohama in 1994 for the International Conference on AIDS, I couldn’t get any pot because of Japan’s strict laws. Without access to marijuana, I lost 18 pounds in 18 days. I also operate the only cannabis buyers club that distributes marijuana for free. We distribute half an ounce every two weeks to 30 different clients.

– Kiyoshi Kuromiya

Other source of several of these Quotes: www.fiberjet.net/hemp/quotes (Site is No longer published)

Jack Herer Hemp Quotes

Hemp will be the future of all mankind, or there won’t be a future.

– Jack herer

Growing hemp as nature designed it is vital to our urgent need to reduce greenhouse gases and ensure the survival of our planet.

– Jack Herer

Hemp is Earth’s number-one biomass resource; it is capable of producing 10 tons per acre in four months.

– Jack Herer

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