Compiled by Hemp News
"A society has to make a choice: tolerate alternative lifestyles or build more prisons." Rick Steves
"I believe, very strongly, that it is the responsible, adult, recreational, no apologies necessary, 'it just makes my music more fun,' recreational use of marijuana is a civil liberty." Rick Steves
"I’m a spokesperson for the legalization of marijuana. I'm not in favor of smoking marijuana. I don't think it's for kids. I don't think you should drive while intoxicated. I think the law is causing more problems than the drug problem itself and I think, bottom-line – the adult, responsible, recreational use of marijuana is a civil liberty," Rick Steves
"There is absolutely nothing wrong with the responsible use of marijuana by adults and it should be of no interest or concern to the government. They have no business knowing whether we smoke or why we smoke." Keith Stroup, NORML Founder
"Join an advocacy group. Make a political statement. Tell your friends. Make it not-scary and bring it out to the suburbs. This is good-citizenship." Rick Steves
"Freedom of consciousness and thought should be a fundamental liberty, yet this is what truly frightens those who favor the drug war. Cannabis is a powerful tool in exploring consciousness and reality, one that is healthy and safe for the vast majority. Those who would punish and imprison us for cannabis have been lied to and misled. Our task is to educate them with truth and love." Paul Stanford, CRRH/THCF
"We were forced to exercise our instincts of self-preservation ...because we understood that a man-made law could not possibly wipe away our common sense when it came to survival." Elvy Musikka, Federal Medical Marijuana Patient
"Hemp will be the future of all mankind, or there won't be a future." Jack Herer, Hemp Activist
"No other single person has done more to educate people all across the world about industrial hemp and marijuana as Jack Herer. His book is translated into a dozen different languages, it's a bestseller in Germany. His legacy will continue to inspire and encourage for generations to come. I honor his memory." Paul Stanford, CRRH/THCF
"Every generation that comes along, it becomes necessary for somebody to step forward who can articulate a message of freedom and hope and show us a pathway away from tyranny to liberty. For this generation that was Jack Herer." Vivian McPeak, Executive Director of Seattle Hempfest
"It doesn't matter if you are a Democrat or Republican, we are going to legalize marijuana no matter what happens in ten years, because when 60% of the American public wants something, they're going to get it." Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director of NORML
"Contact your legislators tell them to end marijuana prohibition. It's time to tax and regulate it. The more letters they get like that, the sooner the day will arrive." Paul Stanford, CRRH/THCF
"I think that if the political and social movement groups and organizations that operate in this country today had the same kind of energetic commitment that the medical marijuana people have, many things could change in this country." John Trudell, Artist
"No political or human rights movement in America has made it this far without eventually winning, it's just a matter of time." Vivian McPeak, Executive Director of Seattle Hempfest
Tribute to Jack Herer: Jack Herer is a social and philosophical tsunami, the ripples from whose splash will forever grace the shores of human consciousness in every freedom loving nation.
He is a grand champion of “We the People” and a natural cycle in our battle with the synthetic subversion which threatens the very concepts of the sovereignty of each human individual.
Jack's tireless efforts to eliminate the facts about cannabis have furnished freedom fighters everywhere with the tools of knowledge with which to resist the fascism of the corporate state as it seeks to subject everyone to its economic bottom line.
Jack recognized that cannabis is a gateway to existentialism, which enlightens our existence and is the basis of our freedom of choice. He also recognized the miraculous healing powers of this herb and many sick and dying people have found comfort in its use after reading his wonderful manifesto "The Emperor Wears No Clothes". I am one of them.
Jack Herer's grand spirit may have left his worn out body, but he is entered into the hearts and minds of millions of us who will forever be grateful to have been educated by his commitment to the truth.
God Bless you Jack Herer. Gatewood Galbraith, Seattle Hempfest 2010
"I feel like as these glaciers are melting, so is the giant glacier of prohibition. We are going to have a climate change come when it comes to cannabis prohibition as well." Vivian McPeak - Time4Hemp, February, 2011
"I think we'll see more progress on the state level before we see significant progress federally and we're (NORML) totally behind OCTA. I think that's a direction we need to go. The main principle I would say is, it's time we stop focusing only on medical users and begin to focus on the rest of us. Most marijuana smokers are not patients folks, they are just people who enjoy smoking. So if we can decriminalize marijuana overall, then the government has no reason to ask us why were smoking it. It doesn't matter if you're using it as a religious sacrament, as a medicine or for pure pleasure, it's none of their damn business." Keith Stroup, Hempstalk 2008
"Every generation must re-win its own freedoms." Gatewood Galbraith, Activist
"All we want to do is what’s right for the people." Gatewood Galbraith, Hemp Activist
"I'm going to reconstruct Kentucky's government…and we're going to rediscover whether America still has a pulse. I believe that people will come from all over America and around the world to see what it's like to live free." Gatewood Galbraith, Hemp Activist
"Only an Independent who doesn't care who gets credit for doing what's right for the people of the state of Kentucky stand the best chance of untying the Gordian Knot and letting both parties operate in the fashion that the well intentioned membership want to work. " Gatewood Galbraith, Hemp Activist
“We're asking you to vote for an Independent who wants to work with you to get the job done." Gatewood Galbraith, Hemp Activist
"Live your life like a warrior." Gatewood Galbraith, Hemp Activist
“This is about individuals that are having a difficult time finding solutions to their cancer pains, that are finding other solutions and are going to the black market buying it anyway. We must find these solutions.” Illinois State Senator William Delgado, 2nd Legislative District (D)
"We are here to celebrate our freedoms. We are here to fight oppression." Philippe Lucas, Activist
"Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere." George Washington, 1794, The Writings of George Washington, Volume 33, page 270 (Library of Congress)
"Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country." Thomas Jefferson
"It took courageous people to stand up and question the prohibition against alcohol." Rick Steves
"Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?" Henry Ford
"Over 25,000 products can be manufactured from hemp, from cellophane to dynamite." Popular Mechanics, 1938
"As a physician, I recommend nutritious hemp seeds and oil to anyone interested in maintaining a healthy diet. Everyone will benefit when American farmers can grow this amazing crop once again." Andrew Weil, M.D.
"Hemp is the standard fiber of the world. It has great tensile strength and durability. It is used to produce more than 5,000 textile products, ranging from rope to fine laces, and the woody "hurds" remaining after the fiber has been removed contain more than seventy-seven per cent cellulose, and can be used to produce more than 25,000 products, ranging from dynamite to Cellophane." Popular Mechanics, "Billion Dollar Crop", 1938
"Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease and herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence." Mourning Dove (Christine Quintasket)1888-1936