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What kind of animal smokes marijuana at his own confirmation? The Sopranos s2e7: D-Girl starring James Gandolfini & Lorriane Bracco & Edie Falco & Michael Imperioli & Dominic Chianese & Steven van Zandt & Tony Sirico & Robert Iler et al, Carmela, HBO 2000
Yeah, it’s legal, but it ain’t a hundred percent legal. I mean, you can’t walk into a restaurant, roll a joint, and start puffin’ away. They want you to smoke in your home or certain designated places ... Breaks down like this, OK: it’s legal to buy it, it’s legal to own it, and if you’re the proprietor of a hash bar, it’s legal to sell it. It’s illegal to carry it, but that doesn’t really matter ’cause – get a load of this, all right – if you get stopped by the cops in Amsterdam, it’s illegal for them to search you. I mean, that’s a right the cops in Amsterdam don’t have. Pulp Fiction 1994 ***** starring Uma Thurman & John Travolta & Samuel L Jackson & Harvey Keitel & Tim Roth & Amanda Plummer & Maria de Medeiros & Ving Rhames & Eric Stoltz & Rosanna Arquette & Bruce Willis & Christopher Walken et al, director Quentin Tarantino, Vincent to Jules
The smoke from burning marijuana contains many more cancer- causing substances than tobacco. And if that isn’t enough it leads to bronchitis and emphysema. If adults want to take such chances that is their business. But surely the communications media ... should let four million youngsters know what they are risking. Ronald Reagan, August 1979
Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that marijuana – pot, grass, whatever you want to call it – is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States, and we haven’t begun to find out the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. Ronald Reagan, presidential campaign 1980
I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast. Ronald Reagan
Once I’d discovered weed and guitars you got into another world: what do you want to go out for? Noel Gallagher, Oasis: Supersonic, BBC 2018
We all need something to help us unwind at the end of the day. You might have a glass of wine, or a joint, or a big delicious blob of heroin to silence your silly brainbox of its witterings but there has to be some form of punctuation, or life just seems utterly relentless. Russell Brand, My Booky Wook
Cannabis is the most widely used drug on the planet. To many it’s an evil weed. To some it’s a sacred herb. To others it’s literally a life-saver. For decades the global supply of cannabis has been controlled by ruthless criminals. But now there’s a quasi-legal industry worth billions of dollars, and business is booming. Drugs Inc s1e4: Marijuana, National Geographic 2010
Cannabis contains a complex mixture of sixty active compounds known as cannabinoids. ibid.
More than a million tourists a year travel to Amsterdam to smoke cannabis in the city’s two hundred and thirty-four coffee shops. ibid.
Cannabis farmers don’t take holidays. ibid.
Cannabis is now California’s biggest cash crop. ibid.
Seventy years of prohibition has failed to stamp out cannabis production, and has lined the pockets of the world’s most ruthless criminals. ibid.
Hash: one of the most widely used drugs in the world today. To some, the devil’s candy, to others, the key to financial survival. And to a few, a lifeline offering refuge from pain when conventional medicine fails. Drugs Inc s2e2: Hash
Morocco’s output has never been higher. The hash trade nets nearly eleven billion dollars a year and provides a livelihood for around eight hundred thousand people. ibid.
Pure pollen out [of] the flower: it’s the best thing you can smoke. ibid.
Demand for hash was lower in the United States than in Europe. ibid.
L A Country has 1,000 [marijuana] dispensaries. Drugs Inc s3e7: Hollywood High
The popularity of Chicago Kush. Drugs Inc s4e3: Windy High City
In Denver the cannabis business is booming. With more medical marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks Coffee Shops. Drugs Inc s4e5: Rocky Mountain High
There are over 130 medicinal marijuana dispensaries in Seattle. Drugs Inc s4e8: Wasted in Seattle
The worldwide market for marijuana varieties is huge. Drugs Inc s4e11: The Drug Makers, 2013
Most of the marijuana that hits the streets of the US comes from the Mexican cartels. ibid.
Sour – Sour Diesel: a potent strain of marijuana. Drugs Inc s6e5: Marijuana Mayhem
It’s strong. It’s a rapid high. And it’s causing mayhem. ibid.
California legalised medical marijuana in 1996. ibid.
A new marijuana product is blowing from the West Coast – it’s called Shadow. ibid.
Boston Massachusetts: home to a bumper crop of stoned students, and marijuana is their drug of choice, thanks to a captive market and recently relaxed possession laws. Drugs Inc s7e14: Boston Weed Party
In 2009 Massachusetts decriminalised possession for small amounts of marijuana. ibid.
They lie about marijuana. Tell you pot-smoking makes you unmotivated. Lie! When you’re high, you can do everything you normally do just as well – you just realize that it’s not worth the fucking effort. There is a difference. Bill Hicks
Mushrooms grow naturally on the planet – they’re against the law. Marijuana grows naturally on the planet – it’s against the law. Do you think making Nature against the law a bit unnatural? Bill Hicks
At the height of his profession Marks was globally shipping up to thirty tons of hashish. Howard Marks on Drugs, 2010
Like ten million other British people Howard smokes cannabis. ibid.
Cannabis has been decriminalised in Holland. ibid.
Narcotics: they can alter minds and ruin lives. Users are often stigmatised, even reviled. Many users end up in prison. Yet there are some people who have won the right to take illegal drugs. In California State law allows this woman to smoke marijuana as her medicine. Legal Drugs
In 1996 California became the first US state to legalise marijuana or cannabis for medical use. And proposition 215 was passed by popular vote. ibid.
Marijuana has a long history of therapeutic use. ibid.
The 1937 Act taxed medical marijuana out of existence. ibid.
Medical opinion is divided over the benefits of marijuana. And whether it’s a gateway drug that leads to use of harder narcotics. But for medical marijuana the tide is turning. More than a quarter of American states have now legalised medical marijuana. ibid.
I think it’s appalling that since 1971 we have not been able to prescribe cannabis for medicinal purposes. Queen Victoria thought it was the most wonderful treatment for child-birth pains. That’s why she had so many children. So swore by cannabis medication. Professor David Nutt, Imperial College, London
The whole process about thinking rationally about drugs was disrupted by the last government. David Nutt