"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."
— Albert Einstein
"The original phrase ‘the war on drugs’ was not to go after our citizens, it was done during the Nixon Administration to say we ought to pay as much attention to drugs and what they’re doing to our society as we do when a foreign enemy attacks."
Briana Bilbray’s father is a U.S. Congressman representing California’s 50th District and her brother is an Imperial Beach city councilman. After experiencing firsthand the therapeutic benefits of using cannabis while undergoing chemotherapy, she is speaking out in defense of patients’ rights to have access to cannabis.
“It is like the difference between night and day for chemo patients. Not only are you infringing on my right as a California resident to obtain the medicine I need, but you are punishing me by making it more difficult to get the one thing I really need.”
"At the end of the day, we have a system in which taxpayers are forced to pay to keep a large agricultural commodity in the hands of a very small number of people whose competitiveness is determined not by the quality of their goods and services, but by their willingness to commit acts of violence. This is the antithesis of a free market."
"We already have laws in our society for punishing bad behavior. If somebody on drugs goes out and gets in somebody else’s face and causes them trouble, we already have laws to deal with that. We don’t need new laws that control our consciousness and rigidly place it in a prison, and actually place us in prison. If that’s your adult decision, that’s your choice. What does liberty mean, if it doesn’t mean that? For the state to have transgressed the consciousness of free sovereign adults is a grotesque abuse of human rights. And it doesn’t work. If the state was really interested in helping us — this is how the war on drugs is presented: ‘We’re concerned about your health, so we’re going to send you to prison. We’re concerned about the harm this drug is doing to you, so we’re going to send you to prison’ — then the solution is not to criminalize people for taking drugs, the solution is to present them with very good information which they believe."
"The drug war is not a failure; rather it works perfectly for its intended purposes. It generates billions of dollars for government agencies at all levels, employing millions of people. It created and supports whole industries such as drug testing, and has enhanced the drug rehabilitation industry. The drug war also protects other industries such as tobacco and alcohol, and even legal medical drug companies. It also protects the lumber and oil industries. The drug war even drives this Nation’s foreign policy. The drug war also funds gang violence at home and terrorists abroad, creating even more American jobs needed to combat these threats. The drug war also has the added benefit of conveniently side stepping Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and liberties, allowing government to control even the most intimate facets of citizen’s lives, increasing government’s control. The drug war also guarantees a ready supply of drugs for children, guaranteeing an endless supply of new participants to support the prison industry, lawyers, law enforcement, etc. The drug war also provides government the opportunity to marginalize those considered undesirable, take away their ability to vote, find employment, get an education, take their children, seize their property, etc. Who in their right mind could possibly want to do away with this cash cow, and return to a time when there was no illegal drug use in this country?"
"I think our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends. I think they’re all insane. But I am liable to be put away as insane for expressing that."
"People want to stimulate themselves. They want to explore their consciousness. They want to sedate themselves. Who are we to stand in their way with a moral ideology and the long, heavy arm of the law to interfere with that?"
"The most absurd defense of authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime. Aside from the fact that the State is itself the greatest criminal, breaking everyone of its written ‘laws’, stealing in the form of taxes, killing in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to an absolute standstill in coping with crime. It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the horrible scourge of its own creation."
"Our world is in a state of hatred and fear and suspicion right now. There’s never been a time in the human story when we more needed to break out of our rigid patterns of behavior and start thinking about things from a different point of view. And nature has provided us with a means to do so. And those means are our plant allies."
"When the state sends us to prison for essentially exploring our own consciousness, this is a grotesque abuse of human rights. It’s a fundamental wrong. If I as an adult am not sovereign over my own consciousness, then I am absolutely not sovereign over anything. I can’t claim any kind of freedom at all. And what has happened over the last forty or fifty years under the disguise of the war on drugs, is that we have been persuaded to hand over the keys of our consciousness to the state. The most precious, the most intimate, the most sapien part of ourselves, the state now has the keys. And furthermore, they’ve persuaded us that that’s in our interests. This is a very dangerous situation."