Currently Reading: Legalization Quotations

“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, visiting America during the civil unrest of the Hippie movement

“Legalization is unprecedented – not even the Netherlands has done it – it is entirely possible it will happen this year. The effects will be enormous. Outcomes from medical marijuana and decriminalization cannot be assumed to apply to legalization of commercial production. We all agree on that legalization in one state would greatly reduce the price of marijuana nationwide. That’s not an issue of what’s good or bad; that’s a factual issue about how the world works.”

– Jonathan Caulkins to the L.A. Times, he’s the co-author of ‘Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know,’ a RAND academic consultant and a professor at Carnegie Mellon.

“As these college professors noted, our federal government’s strategy for limiting marijuana use is to keep the prices high. But this has done nothing to make marijuana less available, and it has made it more available to teens. Meanwhile, the federal government reports that the use of marijuana by high-school students in Colorado has decreased significantly since the state began regulating medical marijuana. This bucks the trend of increased use among students nationwide, where marijuana is entirely unregulated.”
– Mason Tvert, co-director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the group behind Amendment 64 in Colorado told the Huffington Post.
“I think the laws against marijuana are the Prohibition of our age. They’re arguably well intended but wrong-minded and counterproductive, like alcohol in the 1930s. And the only way to break down a federal law like that is for states to do it one at a time.”
– Rick Steves, travel writer said in “The Stranger” alternative weekly.


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“Look, I live in a city; I was an English major; I’m not an expert. Most of what I know about real America I learned from beer commercials and Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. But I’ve studied them closely, and I’ve learned something about real America. I’ve learned that its core value isn’t family or tradition or Jesus or Support the Troops. The core value of real America is ‘fuck you, man.’ This is the value that unites Americans – the value of doing donuts in the 7-11 parking lot; the value of shoplifting stuff you don’t need; the value of giving your dad the finger because he’s being a real asshole. And, yes, the value of hotboxing your Civic during lunch break… Smoking weed isn’t just an American activity. It’s the American activity.”

– Max Read (Gawker.com)

“Lets say my teenage son is at a party, and some kids are smoking pot. My kids know this is for adults, and is only to be used for those under a doctor’s care. The second-hand smoke at that party is enough to get my son popped driving home. That’s a DUI, it’s zero-tolerance under-21. And that’s worse than a possession charge, it suggests you were putting people’s lives at risk. Now try getting into college, getting a loan or seeking employment. Do we really want to do this to kids?”

– EZRA POUND, Political lobbyist, specializing in cannabis campaigns

“My problem is that 502 was written by people that don’t smoke. We would be wise to remember that we cannot amend this bill for two years if it passes. And then it would need a 2/3 vote in the Senate plus the Governor’s signature to amend it after that period. The regulatory sales would take years of litigation to sort out. It will go to the U.S. Supreme Court eventually. In the meantime, we will drop into limbo.”

– PHILIP DAWDY, Award winning journalist, political activist

“This law legalizes the possession of marijuana for adults age 21 and older. The only marijuana that would be legal to sell in this state would be grown by specially-licensed Washington farmers and sold in standalone, marijuana-only stores operated by private Washington businesses licensed and regulated by the state. There would be a 25% sales tax, with 40% of the new revenues going to the state general fund and local budgets, and the remainder dedicated to substance-abuse prevention, research, education and health care. Advertising would be restricted.”

– New Approach WA official statement


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“Substantial whole blood THC concentrations persist multiple days after drug discontinuation in heavy chronic cannabis users. It is currently unknown whether neurocognitive impairment occurs with low blood THC concentrations, and whether return to normal performance, as previously documented following extended cannabis abstinence, is accompanied by removal of residual THC in brain.”

– National Institutes of Health manuscript of study by eight respected medical professionals, four of which were Ph.ds and one MD.

“The DUI Clause of I-502 discriminates against women; women have more fat cells then men and THC is stored in the fat cells. If Washington State wanted to have adult, recreational use of marijuana why are they fighting so hard against MMJ Access Points?”

– Laura, Owner of Green Hope Access Point (Right before closing their doors due to threat of Federal prosecution)

“They did the polling, and got the money committed based on that. It doesn’t matter that DUI laws were already sufficient for busting stoned drivers. Elected officials turned on us. Polling shows people are worried about stoned drivers, but their reason to fear was invalid. Medical cannabis has legitimized the use of pot again, every six months the polling shows more support nationally. This isn’t a coincidence. Full legalization is inevitable because of the work we’ve done.”

– EZRA POUND, Political lobbyist, specializing in cannabis campaigns


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“The taxation is just too high. 10-20 percent is reasonable, not 75. I would rather support removing prohibition of cannabis from the state law. They could sell it at 7-11 at that point. The Feds can’t challenge the lack of a law, only the enforcement of one that is on the books. But what the Feds can do is challenge specific parts of the bill, if 502 passes. Its called ‘severability.'”

– EZRA POUND, Political lobbyist, specializing in cannabis campaigns

“In law, severability (sometimes known as salvatorius, from Latin) refers to a provision in a contract which states that if parts of the contract are held to be illegal or otherwise unenforceable, the remainder of the contract should still apply.”

– Wikipedia



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