The debate about legalizing marijuana has many voices but here are seven which we found particularly interesting.
It has been a medicine for about 3,000 years now. It only hasn’t been a medicine in this country for 68 years. I’d say in the scheme of things it has been a medicine a whole lot longer than it hasn’t been.– Dr. Donald Abrams, cancer and integrative medicine specialist at UCSF Medical Center.
Extrapolate that [anticipated tax revenue off marijuana sales in Colorado] to New York, where we are so starving for revenue…It could be a real revenue generator for our state. How do you turn that away right now, when every single indicator shows that medical marijuana has compounds that absolutely can help people? – New York Assemblyman Steve Katz
This substance, the most harmful thing about it was not any inherent psychopharmacological quality of the drug but the way we as a society were treating people who used this drug.- Dr. Lester Grinspoon, retired Harvard Medical School professor and author of Marihuana, The Forbidden Medicine
The fact is it works. It works better than anything I’ve ever tried, any pill I’ve ever taken. –Anonymous epileptic sufferer for whom medical marijuana has stopped the seizures and enabled her to return to work and school.
Politics should not be determining whether or not children live. – Brian Wilson, father of New Jersey daughter with severe form of epilepsy who moved to Colorado to get the form of medicinal marijuana his daughter needs.
I smoked weed and nobody died. I didn’t get into a car accident. I didn’t O.D. on heroin the next day. Nothing happened. We sat on Pete’s couch for 11 hours. Now, what’s going to happen on Pete’s couch? Nothin. You have a better shot of dying out there in the real world. Driving hard to the rim. Ice skating with a girl. Now you want to keep yourself alive, you go over to Pete’s and sit on his couch ‘til you’re 86. Safest thing in the world…- Narrator in ad sponsored by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Partnership for a Drug Free America in an attempt to make marijuana smoking look boring
It is far and away the best medicine we have for chronic wasting and increasing appetite in cancer patients- Wendy Gwinner, oncology social worker, Bozeman Deaconess Hospital
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Many of these quotes came from a PBS Documentary on the Science of Marijuana. Check it out here. Also the ad by Office of National Drug Control Policy on YouTube.