"Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces
in its users insanity, criminality, and death."
by:
Harry J. Anslinger
(1892-1975) Assistant Prohibition Commissioner in the Bureau of Prohibition, first Commissioner of the Treasury Department's Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) (1930-1962, 32 years), US Representative to the United Nations Narcotics Commission
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marijuana is only mentally addicting because of its positive trance. It is not physically addicting. Marijuana also presents more health benefits than negative side effects. however, marijuana should not be smoked too frequently, once a week is good for the mind.
 -- john smith, satellite beach     
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    May not be true but I like it. The death part might be a bit extreme but you have to be insane to think that legalizing all drug use is a good idea and polls show that the vast majority of pot heads think that would be a good idea while the users of other drugs do not.
     -- warren, olathe     
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    It used to be the boast of free men that, so long as they kept within the bounds of the known law, there was no need to ask anybody's permission or to obey anybody's orders. It is doubtful whether any of us can make this claim today. -Fredrich August von Hayek When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking, or thinking, I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more. -John Adams Make no laws whatever concerning speech, and speech will be free; so soon as you make a declaration on paper that speech shall be free, you will have a hundred lawyers proving that “freedom does not mean abuse, nor liberty license,” and they will define freedom out of existence. -Voltarine De Cleyre
     -- concerned citizen, Arizona     
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    Regardless of anyone's opinion on the positive or negative consequences of the vices of others, neither they, nor the individuals in government have the right to use coercive force to prohibit the possession, free trade, exercise or use thereof.
     -- Bryan Morton, Stuart, FL     
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     -- allen, denver      
    this dude is dumb as fuck.. lol.
     -- Jarrid     
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    When I first read these quotes, my initial reaction was "Who is this guy and why has anything he said been quoted?" So, like any good apple polisher, I look him up.. Get this... Jarrid, you might have thought he's stupid (and I might be inclined to agree...) But, being the Assistant Prohibition Commissioner in the Bureau of Prohibition, before being appointed as the first Commissioner of the Treasury Department's Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) on August 12, 1930 means he was a POWERFUL "dumb fuck"... He held office an unprecedented 32 years in his role (rivaled only by J. Edgar Hoover), holding office until 1962. He then held office two years as US Representative to the United Nations Narcotics Commission. The responsibilities once held by Harry J. Anslinger are now largely under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy. Anslinger died at the age of 83 of heart failure in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Today he is most remembered for his campaign against marijuana.... WOW. Finally a name to one of the many faces of the bigots who outlawed Weed. And, judging by his Quotes, the theory of certain drugs being illegalized due to racial stereo-typing... Might not be so far fetched... Scary, the power of government, especially in the hands of people like this.
     -- Just Another Julie, Portland Oregon     
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    name 5 people that have died as a result or cannabis use.....i cant think of anybody....if it should be illegal then so should alcohol.........
     -- tayler, uranus     
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    This is a bunch of bull shit. They allow things like perscription drugs, alcohol and cigarettes to be legal why cant we just smoke a joint everynow and then at least it wont kill us.
     -- God, Heaven     
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    again... fucktard
     -- Anonymous     
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     -- Anonymous      
    i think he's very stupid and shouldn't be in a high position. no one tha stupid, selfish and racists, need to be in a job
     -- bookie     
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    Anslinger is buried in Hollidaysburg Presbyterian Cemetery, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, USA Plot: Sec. C, Lot 320.
     -- Anonymous     
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    Alcohol kills 50,000 people a year. Tobacco on average kills 400,000 people a year. Marijuana kills 0 people, never has, and never will, because it is a non toxic plant. More people are killed from running-with-the-bulls, than using marijuana. And it is clinically proven to relax the brain, reducing levels of violence, not causing insanity, criminality, or death; unlike its more highly used chart toppers, alcohol and tobacco.
     -- Samantha     
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    I liked the Dan Francis statement on 20/20 that aired on 6/3/11..... "I'd like to ask the government,'What is wrong with euphoria, and who gave them the right to regulate it?' " But my guess to that question is..It's never going to be legal as long as the government doesn't have their freakin' stamp of approval, which then they can put their beloved "Sin Tax" on it, therefore allowing themselves to mishandle that money AND product as well. Which we all know, they'd then start generating, packaging it, and shipping it from China.
     -- Laura, West Alexandria     
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    PEOPLE WILL FIND WAYS TO GET HIGH, BELIEVE ME I KNOW. THIS F**KED UP SOCIETY WE LIVE IN BELIEVES ANYTHING FUN SHOULD BE ILLEGAL, YEA IT MIGHT BE ALITTLE DANGEROUS BUT SO IS CROSSING THE ROAD. DRUGS ARE ALWAYS GONNA BE AROUD AT LEAST THE GOVERNMENT CAN TAX THIS GREEDY PRICKS!!!
     -- JAMES DUPIRACK, LILLY     
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    Geez, then after 30 years of tokin' then you might think I would be jobless or in jail. You need to get a life!....
     -- Anonymous, Dover     
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    I have been smokin' maryjane since I was 14 and I'm now 40. I graduated from the 12th grade, I don't have a criminal record, I've never been on welfare and like many other folks I know; I work, I pay my taxes on time and I'm not insane.

    If I choose to toke privately in my home, especially, after a day at work, that's my business.

    I shouldn't have worry about being prosecuted by the government for smokin' weed in my own home.

    Putting someone in jail for having a joint is a total waste of time, money and legal resources.

    That's time, money and legal resources that could be put to better use such as going after violent felons, people who engage in smuggling, manufacturing, buying, selling, transporting, distributing dangerous drugs such as crystal meth, black tar heroin and crack cocaine.

    Being caught with a joint or small amount or weed should not result in a going to jail and a criminal record.

    The government complains they want to make money, well here's their golden opportunity to make that extra cash. Tax it and regulate it like tobacco.
     -- Clem, Detroit     
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