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." — Albert Einstein
Peter Lewis (Nov. 11, 1933 – Nov. 23, 2013)
On Saturday, Peter Lewis (chairman of Progressive Insurance) passed away just weeks after celebrating his 80th birthday. Perhaps the country’s most high-profile billionaire backer of drug law reform, NORML estimates he had spent well over $40 million funding the cause since the 1980s.
Molly ain’t the issue. It’s people. People have violent and psychotic behaviors. It’s not the drug that does it. There are people who do Molly every night and don’t do anything wrong. There are people who are on that shit and not violent. I can’t blame the drug."
"I can’t imagine that [marijuana legalization is] going to happen, no. The deeper issue is, what does it mean to live in a free country? In the US, something like 80 percent of people in prison are there for ‘consensual crimes.’
I tend to not like politicians, because it’s a subtle form of prostitution. Or maybe not so subtle. It’s all synchronized swimming to me. They all kneel and kiss the ring. Who’s going to take on the oil industry or the medical industry?
People compare Obama to Lyndon Johnson, but I think a better comparison is between Obama and Nixon. Because Nixon came into office saying he was going to pull out of Vietnam, and then he escalated the war. A lot of us were led to believe that Obama was the peace president, but there are still, I think, 70,000 troops in Afghanistan.
I’m an anarchist, I guess you could say. I think people could be just fine looking after themselves.”
A clinical trial studied 39 people with schizophrenia. Twenty of the patients were given cannabidiol (CBD), a substance found in marijuana that is associated with its mellowing, anti-anxiety effects (not THC—the main ingredient in marijuana, which has been found to worsen schizophrenia). The other participants were given amisulpride, an antipsychotic medication. At the end of the four-week trial, both groups showed significant clinical improvement in their schizophrenic symptoms. “The results were amazing,” says Daniele Piomelli, professor of pharmacology at the University of California-Irvine and a co-author of the study. “Not only was [CBD] as effective as standard antipsychotics, but it was also essentially free of the typical side effects seen with antipsychotic drugs.”
"I’m particularly concerned about how the war on drugs has destroyed the fabric of the black community in America. I grew up in a lower middle-class neighborhood in Queens that was destroyed by drugs. It was the heroin capital of Queens. Everybody shot dope. My friend in the eighth grade was shooting dope. I’ve seen the suffering first-hand and I’ve been involved in the suffering too. I used every drug there is, back in the day, but it didn’t make me a bad person: it just made me a sad person, a diseased person. It didn’t make me a criminal.
What would have made me a criminal is if I’d been arrested and sent to jail for 20 years, which could have happened easily. A great number of kids in my neighbourhood did go to jail, and they didn’t come out so well. They were educated in criminal behaviour, came home violent criminals, and became repeat offenders.”
"Cannabis is a truly global phenomenon. Reports on cultivation and seizures of cannabis and on sources of cannabis products illustrate that cannabis is not only consumed in all countries in the form of cannabis herb (marijuana), it is also grown in most of them."
“Consider the number of people who have taken drugs that are purported to cause violence. More than 37 million Americans report trying cocaine at least once; 9 million have admitted smoking crack; LSD has been taken by some 23 million U.S citizens. Imagine the mayhem if each of these users turned violent.
Further, synthetic marijuana — which is sold as “K2″ or “Spice” and has also been blamed recently for violent crimes — has been tried by 11% of American high school seniors. There are no figures for another “legal high” known as bath salts, which contain amphetamine-like compounds and which an emergency room doctor blamed for the Miami attack.
Basically, if drugs were a simple cause of violence, we’d be in far more trouble than we are now, with a crime rate many times what it actually is. Indeed, despite the rise of the new legal highs, rates of violent crime have generally adhered to a decades-long decline.”
— Maia Szalavitz - Why Drugs Are Getting a Bum Rap in the Miami Face-Eating Attack | TIME
Joe Rogan Live: March 28, 2012
"Who’s doing more harm? The guy who’s smoking pot or the person who locks him in a fucking cage and destroys their life, and does it because it’s written on paper somewhere that that’s okay? Well that guy is a destructive force. The law becomes the destructive force in society, not the drug. Don’t put people in cages because they don’t agree with you. Because they like something. They like it so much they’re willing to risk freedom, because they found themselves in some sort of a situation where they’re in an environment that they have no control over whatsoever. They were born into this. They didn’t ask to be dropped into this preposterous, illogical, nonsensical, ridiculously lopsided and corrupt society. And you just expect them to comply with these stupid fucking things that are written down on paper that everybody knows makes no sense. That’s the problem. The laws are the problem. The laws are destructive. The laws are anti-evolutionary. The laws are anti-enlightenment. That’s the problem. It’s not the drug. It’s not pot. It’s not mushrooms. It’s the laws against pot and mushrooms. Those are a devastating aspect to our society."