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Turn on, Tune in, Drop out. Timothy Leary
Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism. Carl Jung
Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think. A. E. Housman
If merely 'feeling good' could decide, drunkenness would be the supremely valid human experience. William James
They who drink beer will think beer. Washington Irving
Vote. Vote. We want Beer! Anonymous
There is absolutely no good reason – medical or law enforcement – that marijuana should not be legal. Nick Gillespie
Our poor children are suffering every day for want of necessities of life…All this is for the love of strong drink. Samson Occom
Hear what the Great Spirit has ordered me to tell you! You are to make sacrifices, in the manner that I shall direct; to put off entirely from yourselves the customs to which you have adopted since the white people came among us; you are to return to that former happy state, in which we lived in peace and plenty, before these strangers came to disturb us, and above all, you must abstain from drinking their deadly liquor, which they forced upon us for the sake of increasing their gains and diminishing our numbers. Neolin
Thou deputy of Pleimont and Boston, paint our words on paper and send them to those on whom thou art dependant; and say to them that all the allied Savages dwelling on the river Kenebek hate firewater…; and that if the English have any more of it brought hither to sell to the Savages, the latter will believe the English wish to exterminate them. Abenaki Tribe
When our forefathers first met on this island, your red brethren were more numerous; but since the introduction amongst us, of what you call spirituous liquors, and what we think may justly be called poison, our numbers have greatly diminished…It is not an evil of our own making; we have not placed it amongst ourselves; it is an evil placed amongst us by white people. Meshekinoquah
We have drunk too much of your rum already, which has occasioned our destruction; we will, in the future, beware of it. Cayuga Tribe
But who is it that has made my people drunk? Indians cannot make whiskey. Indians do not sell it. But white people make it and bring it among us. It is they that have brought the evil upon us and we cannot remove it. The white people can remove it and now we call upon them to do it. We ask them to take their whiskey and run away, and leave us sober as they found us. Black Snake; Tah-won-ne-ahs; Chainbreaker
The white people brought whiskey into our village, made our people drunk, and cheated them out of their horses, guns, and traps!...I visited all the whites and begged them not to sell whiskey to my people. One of them continued the practice openly. I took a party of my young men, went to his house, took his barrel and broke in the head and turned out the whiskey. Black Hawk
This day we have held a council, and it is agreed by the Shawnee in general that whatever rum is in our towns shall be broke and split and not drunk; and whosoever shall bring any rum or any sort of strong drink into our towns, Indian or white man, let it be little or much, it shall be broke or split in the presence of the whole town… Shawnee Tribe
Liquor perverts the end of society, and unfits us for all those distinguishing and exquisite Feelings, which are the Cordials of Life, and the noblest Privileges of Humanity. Creek Tribe
The speech of a Creek—Indian, against the immoderate use of spirituous liquors. Delivered in a national assembly of the Creeks, upon the breaking out of the late war. Creek Tribe
This law will be impossible to enforce. It will produce contempt for our laws and law enforcement. Fiorello H. La Guardia
No brothers shall make, buy, sell, or use, as a beverage, any spirituous or Malt Liquors, Wine, or Cider. Sons of Temperance
I'm in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my value system, if people want to kill themselves, they have every right to do so. Most of the harm that comes from drugs is because they are illegal Milton Friedman
The war on drugs has produced about 10,000 additional homicides a year. Milton Friedman
Not since the collapse of the attempt to prohibit the ingestion of alcohol has our liberty been in such danger as it now is from the misnamed “war on drugs.” Milton Friedman
If there is a good case to be made for the illegalization of drugs, there is a better case to be made for the illegalization for tobacco and alcohol. Milton Friedman
The one argument in favor of the saloon is that the taxes from the saloon are needed. You show me communities where they have none, where the taxation, my friends, is higher than in communities where they have. Everybody with a scintilla of decency and brains knows that it is the saloon that raises the rate of taxation in the country all over. Seventy-five per cent of our idiots came from intemperate parents, and there are more insane people in the United States, made insane by drink, than there are students in the universities and colleges. One out of every three hundred and eighty-three in Pennsylvania in 1911 were either in the insane asylum or the home for feeble-minded, and New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Illinois are the worst whisky-dominated, whisky-damned and whisky-controlled states in the Union; and there is no state in the Union where the liquor interests are more strongly allied and entrenched than they are in the state of New York. Billy Sunday
Tobacco advertising has become the 2 Live Crew of commercial speech, and just as we shouldn't censor music, we shouldn't censor advertising. Barry W. Lynn
When I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two—and didn't like it—and didn't inhale and never tried it again Bill Clinton
Yes I drink, but at least I don't drink blood! Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
All drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem. They’re no good at all. But I’m not going to go around preaching against them. Kurt Cobain
Well, we got plenty of heroin in my district. We don’t need any more. So I suggest you try it in Queens and Staten Island. They don’t have very much there. Charles B. Rangel
He who loves wine … shall not be rich. Book of Proverbs; Solomon
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is riotous; and whoever is deceived by it is not wise Book of Proverbs; Solomon
Who maintains the pubs and makes the peasants drunk? The peasant. Who embezzles the village, school, and parish funds and spends it all on drink? The peasant. Who robs his neighbor, sets fire to his house, and perjures himself in court for a bottle of vodka? The peasant. Anton Chekhov
What's drinking? A mere pause from thinking! Lord George Gordon
The Congress also passed legislation authorizing the sale of beer in such states as desired. This has already resulted in considerable reemployment and, incidentally, has provided much needed tax revenue. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes. Abraham Lincoln
These people are becoming very sensible of the baneful effects produced on their morals, their health and existence, by the abuse of ardent spirits, and some of them earnestly desire a prohibition of that article from being carried among them. The legislature will consider whether the effectuating that desire would not be in the spirit of benevolence and liberality which they have hitherto practiced toward these our neighbors, and which has had so happy an effect toward conciliating their friendship. Thomas Jefferson
The Drug War has arguably been the single most devastating, dysfunctional social policy since slavery. Norm Stamper
The safety of these children is the paramount issue. The ongoing situation is drastic, and we need to take drastic measures. We insist that these children be taken into care immediately Paul Rich
See them coming into our towns with their rum! See them offering it to us with persuasive kindness. Hear them cry, “Drink! Drink!” and when we are drunk, and act like the crazed, behold these good white, these man of a benevolent race, standing by, laughing among themselves, and saying, “Oh, what fools! What great fools the Shawanese are!” But who made them fools? Who are the cause of their madness? Hard Man; Kishanositee
Long Live Cocoa! No to the Yankees! Evo Morales
Consider my Situation: I was a forty nine year old man facing life in prison for encouraging people to face up to new options with courage and intelligence. The American government was being run by Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew, Robert Haldeman, G. Gordon Liddy, J. Edgar Hoover and other cynical flouters of the democratic process Timothy Leary
Doubt is our product, since it is the best means of competing with the body of fact that exists on the mind of the general public. James Inhofe; Brown & Williamson
WHO has transformed its war against smoking to a war against smokers. Leonard Glantz
Marijuana doesn’t produce dependence and it doesn’t produce overdose deaths. Robert Du Pont
I drove across the bridge over the Potomac River and got out of the car. There were marijuana plants growing as far as the eye could see. And they wanted me to eliminate it. Harry J. Anslinger
The Cause of Sex Headlines …. Assassin of Youth Harry J. Anslinger
Smoking Marijuana does not lead to addiction. La Guardia Commission; New York Academy of Medicine
Marijuana Menace …. If Frankenstein came face to face with someone high on marijuana, he would drop dead of freight. William Randolph Hearst
Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known. It would be unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for the DEA to continue to stand between those sufferers and the benefits of this substance Francis L. Young
The Spaniards generally call it Tobacco. The leaves thereof being dried and brought into powder, they use to take the fume or smoke thereof, by sucking it thorough pipes made of clay, into their stomach and head; from whence it purgeth superfluous phlegm and other gross humours, and openeth all the pores and passages of the body: by which means the use thereof not only preserveth the body from obstructions, but also … in short time breaketh them; whereby their bodies are notably preserved in health, and know not many grievous diseases, wherewithall we in England are often times afflicted. Thomas Heriot
ALL NATIONS WELCOME EXCEPT CARRY Anonymous
Death for drug traffickers. Anonymous
Even your own people, though used to your liquors, fight with knives and commit follies when drunk. You ought not to sell brandy to the Indians to make them crazy .... To prevent all mischief, we wish you to sell no more fire-water to our braves. Anonymous
Firewater Anonymous
I can go eight days without a drink—but who wants to be a camel. Anonymous
Manhattan Anonymous
No intoxicating liquors nor other intoxicants shall ever be sold or given away upon any of the lands by this agreement ceded and sold to the United States, nor upon any other lands within or comprising the reservations of the Yankton Sioux or Dakota Indians as described in the treaty Anonymous
Silver or lead (i.e. bribery or a assassination) Plata a plomo Anonymous
Who Do We Want? We Want [Al] Smith. What Do We Want? We Want Beer. Anonymous
It was when the upper middle class was threatened.... Until then nobody really cared about the war on drugs. James G. Abourezk
The President [Madison] could no more prevent white settlers from selling liquor to the Indians than he could prevent the Wabash from flowing. Henry Adams
Hemp For Victory Agriculture Department
Tobacco culture [in the American South] represented an all-out assault on the environment for the sake of a crop that did no good and much harm to people’s health as well as to the land, not to mention the political and moral effects of relying on slavery for a labor force. Stephen Ambrose
College football promotes drinking, dishonesty, and neglect of academic work. American Association of University Professors
Taste not, touch not, handle not. American Temperance Society
Asking South American peasants to stop growing coca is like asking the Scots to stop growing barley because people on the other side of the world could not hold their drink. Anne, Princess Royal
Continuous use [of marijuana] leads directly to the insane asylum. Harry J. Anslinger
How many murders, suicides, robberies, criminal assaults, holdups, burglaries, and deeds of maniacal insanity it [marijuana] causes each year ... can only be conjectured. Harry J. Anslinger
Liquor traffic is un-American, pro-German, crime-procuring, food-wasting, youth-corrupting, home-wrecking, [and] treasonable. Anti-Saloon League
Until we do something about demand, Latin America will never be able to solve the drug problem on its own. Bernard Aronson
What could be more tragic than someone leaving a reception at the governor's mansion and killing someone while driving drunk? John Ashcroft
One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time. Nancy Astor
We should go just as fast and as far as public sentiment would justify. Purley A. Baker
You’re in charge of things that go boom and I have things that go clink. William P. Barr
Prohibition is a deathblow to the liberty of the individual … Richard Bartholdt
Bayer Pharmaceutical Products: Aspirin, Heroin, Lycetrol: Send for Samples and Literature Bayer Corporation
This has been a clear mandate to Congress to end, as soon as possible, the tragic folly of federal prohibition. Jack Beck
We're becoming drug courts. Edward R. Becker
I do not say a dollar a day is enough to support a working man, but it is enough to support a man. Not enough to support a man and five children if a man insists on smoking and drinking beer. Henry Ward Beecher
We are very grateful for what Western society has brought us ... but we owe you no gratitude for the traffic of cocaine which is a foreign enterprise ... this problem is the responsibility of the consumer countries rather than the producing countries. Fernando Belaunde
Make no mistake, liquor is as much a part of the problem as drugs, perhaps a bigger part. William Bennett
Drugs are wrong. They burn out your brain and they sear your soul. William Bennett
Having smoked a marijuana joint in 1968 is no big deal. William Bennett
It's hard to fight the war when you've got to debate the worthiness of fighting it. William Bennett
Professional sports has to be part of the solution [to the drug problem]. The question I put to the group [of sports leaders] is, "While we are pressing very hard on schools and others to have tough policies, it seems only right and reasonable that professional sports have these kind of standards. William Bennett
You've got to exact some cost from the people who are sending these drugs into our country. William Bennett
Drug education is the only vaccine we have against the danger of drug abuse of our children. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
The temperance movement must include all poisonous substances which create or excite unnatural appetite, and international prohibition is the goal. Henry W. Blair
We must protect the coming generation by teaching the present one the effects of the habits of smoking on the unborn. Ella A. Boole
If we don't act now ..., we're going to have a very, very lost generation. Otis Bowen
Drunkenness is the Touch Stone by which they try every man; and he that cannot or will not drink, has a mark set upon Him. He is abused behind his Back. He is hurt in his Property, and he is persecuted as far as the Power of Malice and Intemperance. John Boyle
Liquor drinking is not a wrong; but excessive drinking is. Louis D. Brandeis
We know the war on drugs will not be won in Washington DC When the United States of America decides it wants to do something and the people pull together, amazing things can be done. Terry Branstad
If you want to get high, meditate. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
I would equate the legalization of drugs to the moral equivalent of genocide. Lee P. Brown
Officers can't use drugs. The citizens of this city must have a feel—knowledge—that their police officers are drug free. Lee P. Brown
The Drug War is probably the worst scourge that has ever been visited upon this country. Harry Browne
Now that I'm gone, I tell you: Don't smoke! Whatever you do, just don't smoke! Yul Brynner
Pints [of liquor] are very inconvenient in the house [the White House] as the article is not used in such small quantities. James Buchanan
There isn't any way to keep drugs out of this country. Dale Bumpers
I made some mistakes. I occasionally drank too much, and I did that night. George W. Bush
People say I lack political courage. But don't forget, I went right into the heart of Amish country and I told them: Just say no [to drugs]. George W. Bush
Turf battles won't win this war. Teamwork will. George W. Bush
If there's a way into a situation, there's a way out. Shirley Caesar
Drugs come to America, not by invasion, but by invitation. Joseph A. Califano Jr.
Everybody calls me a racketeer. I call myself a business man. When I sell liquor, it's bootlegging. When my patrons serve it on a silver tray on Lake Shore Drive [in Chicago] it's hospitality. Al Capone
Tolerance of public smoking promotes the addiction. Richard Chapman
Either you get tough and change your policies or I will shut down the border. Jacques Chirac
It is not heroin or cocaine that makes one an addict. It is the need to escape from a harsh reality. Shirley Chisholm
I need some more to drink. I have a war to fight. Winston Churchill
My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after, and if need be during all meals and the intervals between them. Winston Churchill
I experimented with marijuana a time or two. I didn't like it. I didn't inhale it, and never tried it again. Bill Clinton
In fighting the drug war, we are repeating all the mistakes of Vietnam, but on U.S. soil this time, with all U.S. casualties. The costs of winning far outweigh any possible benefits. Craig Collins
A degrading procedure that so detracts from human dignity and self-respect that it shocks the conscience and offends this court's sense of justice. Robert Collins
... by example and by kind moral influence. Congressional Temperance Society
We cannot arrest our way out of the drug problem. Thomas A. Constantine
Resolved, that it be recommended to the several Legislatures of the United States immediately to pass laws the most effectual for putting an immediate stop to the pernicious practice of distilling grain, by which the most extensive evils are likely to be derived, if not quickly prevented. Continental Congress
… Smoking sets a bad example. Calvin Coolidge
We owe those people who live scared some immediate relief.... If this is really a war, let's declare war. H. R. Crawford
The military is afraid to get into this war [on drugs] because it's a tough one. Alphonse D'Amato
I'm going to defend to the death my glass of Chardonnay. This is going to be a holy war for us. John De Luca
We advocate the repeal of the 18th Amendment. Democratic Party
Hemp for Victory! Department of Agriculture
The society focuses on the addict, and its impact on our quality of life, but we don't focus on people who are rehabilitated and in recovery. Raymond Diaz
a jackbooted group of fascists who are perhaps as large a danger to American society as I could pick today. John Dingell
I can admit I tried coke [cocaine] as I have no intention to run for president. Kirk Douglas
I would be the last person to argue that people do not have the right, if they want to commit to spend part of their rent, for either alcohol or tobacco or entertainment, or anything else. Thomas Clement Douglas
If addicts can be punished for their addiction then the insane can also be punished for their insanity. Each has a disease and each must be treated as a sick person. William O. Douglas
The addict is under compulsion not capable of management without outside help.... If addicts can be punished for their addiction, then the insane can also be punished for their insanity. Each has a disease and each must be treated as a sick person. William O. Douglas
Eat your bread with joy, drink your wine with a merry heart. Book of Ecclesiastes
[Warren] Harding is all right! Any man who chews tobacco is all right. Thomas A. Edison
It [cigarette smoking] has a violent action on the nerve centers, producing degeneration of the cells of the brain, which is quite rapid among boys. Unlike most narcotics this degeneration is permanent and uncontrollable. I employ no person who smokes Cigarettes. Thomas A. Edison
I am a wringing wet. Edward I. Edwards
If its not worth spending everything it takes, it's not a war [on drugs]. Marvin Henry “Mickey” Edwards
There is held to be no surer test of civilization than the increase per head of the consumption of alcohol and tobacco. Yet alcohol and tobacco are recognizable poisons, so that their consumption has only to be carried far enough to destroy civilization altogether. Havelock Ellis
Drunkenness excuseth no vice. English Proverb or Saying
If you call Escobar to trial, you can be sure that all the members of your family tree—ancestors and offspring—will be eliminated. We are capable of executing you anywhere on this planet. There is no place you can hide. Pablo Escobar
It was a brilliant affair; the water flowed like champagne. William Maxwell Evarts
We can't offer young blacks a job at Wendy's or McDonald's as an alternative to selling crack. Louis Farrakhan Walcott
The country will be on a straight whisky basis, and in these days of unrest, it is dangerous to have steady beer drinkers switch to whisky. Christian Feigenspan
Reform must come from within and not from without. You cannot legislate for virtue. James Gibbons
While we may have taken away some of the criminal element when we repealed prohibition, we certainly didn't solve the problem of alcoholism. Benjamin Gilman
They gave you notice to abandon your contraband … the right is with them even though they are heathens. William E. Gladstone
Drug prohibition enriches criminals and creates an artificially inflated price that lures young people into the drug trade.... We have created a drug exception to the Constitution. Ira Glasser
Prohibition created more drunks than anything else. Barry Goldwater
Beer is a refreshing, nutritious, non-intoxicating drink which would satisfy most working men. Samuel Gompers
The real drug "kingpin" is the user. It is the casual users who create the profits. But we can't put them all in prison; there isn't any room in the jails. Phil Gramm
There is absolutely no difference between alcohol prohibition and drug prohibition except the drug being prohibited. James Gray
For all our policing, we understand that law enforcement is not the solution to the problem of drugs in our society. Charles A. Gruber
If you contemplate some enterprise against the enemy, the commissary must scrape together all the beer and brandy that can be found so that the army does not lack either … Frederick II
You allow me to license and regulate marijuana, and I'll fill every hotel and motel room in the state of Kentucky. Gatewood Galbraith
We've been fighting this war on drugs for 60 or 70 years and haven't gotten anywhere yet. Joseph Galiber
Since the creation of this world there has been no tyrant like Intemperance, and no slaves so cruelly treated as his. William Lloyd Garrison
[Casual drug users] ... ought to be taken out and shot.... We're in a war and drug use is treason. Daryl Gates
Members of Congress should do a little penance after such a virtuous vote for the soldiers of the regular army. John F. Fitzgerald
And so that these young men, soldiers and seamen alike, may ever fiercer be and impetuous when they do battle with the enemy, so shall they be given a barrel or two of beer. Henrick Flemming
Drug traffickers have more and more haystacks in which to hide their contraband needles. Stephen E. Flynn
I do not feel called upon to try to reform any person over 25 years of age because by that time the habit has been formed. Then it is only a question of the strength of will or mind of the smoker which will enable him to stop. He knows the injurious effects and controls his own destiny. Henry Ford
If you will study the history of almost any criminal you will find that he is an inveterate cigarette smoker. Henry Ford
We, like any other state – and probably more so because of the culture here – have problems with alcohol. Mike Foster
The scientific facts are all in favor of the cigarette; it contains less nicotine than any other form of tobacco products; it is absolutely pure; the combustion of the paper is harmless in its effects on human physiology. Percival S. Hill
If anti-smoking laws caused every smoker to smoke just one less cigarette a day, our company would stand to lose $92 million in sales annually. I assure you we don't intend to let that happen without a fight. William Hobbs
Liquor will actually make a brute out of a Negro, causing him to commit unnatural crimes. The effect is the same on the white man, though the white man being further evolved it takes a longer time to reduce him to the same level. Richard P. Hobson
At the third cup, wine drinks the man. Hokekyo Sho
Dope never helped anybody sing better or play music better or do anything better. All dope can do for you is kill you—and kill you the long, slow, hard way. Billie Holiday
Our country has deliberately undertaken a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose. Herbert Hoover
The war on drugs is all about money and power, the money and power of politicians, bureaucrats, police and drug dealers. Jacob Hornberger
... a victim of the use of water as a beverage. Sam Houston
[Referring to alcohol:] After the lapse of nearly fifty years of undisputed political freedom, the blood-freezing clank of a cruel bondage is still heard. Herman Humphrey
Up with hope, down with dope Jesse Jackson
Crack has destroyed more families than poverty. John E. Jacob
Drugs are destroying more people than poverty ever did. John E. Jacob
... the sin of drunkenness which is the root of all sins. James I
A custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fume thereof, nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless. James I
Tobacco is a culture productive of infinite wretchedness. Thomas Jefferson
No nation is drunken where wine is cheap; and none sober where the dearness of wine substitutes ardent spirits as the common beverage. It is, in truth, the only antidote to the bane of whiskey. Thomas Jefferson
Alcohol and other drug problems are community problems and must be solved by communities in partnership with government. Elaine M. Johnson
Should someone go to jail for just doing drugs? I believe the time has come for that to end. Gary Johnson
The alcoholic suffers from a disease. Lyndon B. Johnson
The way we won all those cases was not be spending all of Reynold’s money, but by making the other son of a bitch spend all his. J. Michael Jordan
Wine cheers God and man. Book of Judges
This government can't afford two drunkards. You've got to stop. John A. MacDonald
If the public realized the dangers that we are facing [from drugs], they would be willing to put up with some inconvenience and accept the fact that we will enforce the laws and some persons may be innocently damaged .... I don't want anyone [innocent] hurt, but it may be part of the price we will have to pay. Robert H. Macy
It would be better that England should be free than that England should be compulsorily sober. William Connor Magee
We cannot conceive of a society that is worth building ... on the basis of a drug culture. Michael Manley
Mariani Wine: Fortifies and Refreshes Body & Mind, Restores Health & Vitality. Angelo Mariani
There is no drug exception to the Constitution. Thurgood Marshall
I promise ... to abstain from all kinds of intoxicating drink, unless used medically. Theobald Mathew
The real victim of the war on drugs might be the Constitutional rights of the American people. Richard Matsch
I virtually never use the term "gun control" because that would make us anti-gun. Everything we touch is unpopular and controversial. John W. McGaw
The chief cause of the impecunious condition of millions of the wage classes of this country is due to their own improvidence and misdirected efforts ... The wage classes cannot support in idleness a quarter of a million saloon-keepers ... and at the same time hope to prosper themselves. Joseph Medill
Guns go boom. Explosives go boom. That seems to be the reason that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms regulates both. Edwin Meese
Usual rules—no samples. Edwin Meese
We fully understand that even in our own lands we’re now a minority, but that doesn’t in any way mean we should rescind our efforts to deal with the pain of alcohol abuse in those lands. Jerry Meninick
... too Orwellian to contemplate, they've gone way too far. Walker Merryman
Anyone caught with tobacco will be tortured until he gives up the name of his supplier. Alexei Mikhailovitch
Let's say, Yes, to kids who say, No. Barbara Mikulski
Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign. In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is of right, absolute. John Stuart Mill
I refer to the fact, acknowledged now by all professionals in the field, that alcoholism as such is not a legal problem—it is a health problem. John N. Mitchell
To become a narcotic addict is an anti-social act and the foundation of countermeasures against addiction is to treat and rehabilitate addicts. Norbus Motohashi
[Describing Prohibition:] Politicians are ducking, candidates are hedging, the Anti-Saloon League is prospering, people are being poisoned, bootleggers are being enriched, and Government officials are being corrupted. Fiorello H. La Guardia
.. jack-booted government thugs. Wayne LaPierre
Abstinence from spirituous liquors is the best safeguard of morals and health. Robert E. Lee
Black people are killing themselves with alcohol ... it is a scourge of our neighborhoods. It's a disease that feeds on our people. William Lightfoot
Death by drunken driving is a socially acceptable form of homicide. Candy Lightner
I am not a member of any temperance society; but I am temperate, in this, that I don’t drink anything. Abraham Lincoln
Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and make a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded. Abraham Lincoln
I can't spare this man—he fights. Abraham Lincoln
If we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class. There seems ever to have been a proneness in the brilliant and warm-blooded to fall into this vice. Abraham Lincoln
If we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class. Abraham Lincoln
If we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class. Abraham Lincoln
Whether or not the world would be vastly benefitted by a total and final banishment from it of all intoxicating drinks seems to me not now open to question. Three-fourths of mankind confess the affirmative with their tongues, and I believe all the rest acknowledge it in their hearts. Ought any, then, to refuse their aid in doing what good the good of the whole wold demands. Abraham Lincoln
With intensive research it should be feasible to inoculate against heroin which would be administered ... in the same way as vaccines against smallpox, polio, measles. John Lindsay
Beer would be a great help in fighting off the mental depression which afflicts great multitudes. Walter Lippmann
The Batoka of these parts are very degraded in their appearance, and are not likely to improve, either physically or mentally, while so much addicted to smoking the mutokwane (`Cannabis sativa'). They like its narcotic effects David Livingston
We are fighting Germany, Austria and drink, and as far as I can see, the greatest of these three deadly foes is drink. David Lloyd George
It is not my call ... it is not for the judicial branch to decide. Anthony Kennedy
We spend billions and billions to fight drugs but, comparatively, spend nothing against alcohol. And alcohol is a drug. Joseph P. Kennedy III
[Referring to the Congress:] They're trying to outdrug each other. Each one wants to seem tougher on drugs than the next one. James J. Kilpatrick
These actions will not make people as happy as happy hours do, but they will help keep them alive. C. Everett Koop
Most Americans are like me and drink relatively little, yet we all pay for alcohol-related crashes. C. Everett Koop
Nicotine is as addicting as heroin or cocaine. C. Everett Koop
The law says that liquor to be used as a beverage must not be manufactured. We shall see to it that it is not manufactured. Nor sold, nor given away, nor hauled in anything on the surface of the earth or under the earth or in the air. John F. Kramer
We Want Beer Anonymous
Went to the White drawing-room to receive three Chiefs from Bechuanaland,…. One of their chief objects in coming was to obtain a permit from the Government to suppress strong drink, which demoralises and kills the poor natives. Alas! everywhere this terrible evil, which has such a fatal effect on the population, seems to follow civilization! Queen Victoria
The benefit of drinking alcohol is very minimal and the harm of it is as bad as what a knife can do. Chinese Proverb
MKULTRA Central Intelligence Agency
He [Peter the Great] took his bottle heartily, so must all the company; for when he was merry himself he loved to see everybody so; though at the same time he could not endure habitual drinkers, for such he thought unfit for business. Alexander Gordon
Drunkenness, which we have therefore in the last place numbred among the breaches of the Naturall Law, because it hinders the use of right Reason Thomas Hobbes
Smoking, chewing betel nut, and taking drugs for pleasure are not for Christians. These practices are wrong because (1) they make us their slaves, (2) they harm our bodies, and (3) they are unclean … It can be very hard to give up these habits. But we must do so to please Jehovah. Jehovah's Witnesses
An Act to prohibit the sale of intoxicating liquors in the City of Annapolis, or within five miles thereof, to minors and people of color. Maryland
There was one civil custom used in (and in few but) the English nation, which this gentleman did endeavour to abolish in this country; and that was, the usage of drinking to one another. For although by drinking to one another, no more is meant than an act of courtesie, when one going to drink, does invite another to do so too, for the same ends with himself; nevertheless the governour considered the impertinency and insignifcancy of this usage, as to any of those ends that are usually pretended for it ; and that indeed it ordinarily served for no ends at all, but only to provoke persons unto, unseasonable and perhaps unreasonable drinking, and at last produce that abominable health-drinking. Cotton Mather
It is an unhappy thing that in later years a Kind of Drink called Rum has been common among us. They that are poor and wicked, too, can for a penny make themselves drunk. Increase Mather
If you are to be employed by the BBC, you must promise not to get drunk…. You look as if you will be washed out of poetry by whisky. Harold Nicolson
He who drinks too much beer must drink water Sumerian Proverb
A liquor for drinking is made of barley or other grain, and fermented into a certain resemblance to wine. Cornelius Tacitus
The current dominant opinion supporting the war on drugs in general, and our anti-marijuana laws in particular, is reminiscent of the opinion that supported the nationwide ban on alcohol consumption when I was a student. While alcoholic beverages are now regarded as ordinary articles of commerce, their use was then condemned with the same moral fervor that now supports the war on drugs. John Paul Stevens
It would be a great advance if Christian nations should put a stop to the exportation of spirituous liquors to the heathen races of the world. William Coppinger
Indians should not drink whiskey. It was not made for them, but for the white people who alone know how to use it. That is the cause of all the mischiefs which the Indians suffer. Prophet; Tenskwatawa
The sale of raisins and honey is forbidden. Also grapes in more than 4 pound batches. Al-Hakim; Al-Mansur Abu Ali
Speaking of poison gas... I say we round up all the drug addicts and gas them! Rush Limbaugh
The drug problem in this country is a consumption issue. Glenn C. Loury
… a restraint of their debauchery by a strict execution of the laws provided against it, more particularly by the suppressing of superfluous brandy shops and unnecessary alehouses. John Locke
If the ancients drank wine as our people drink rum and cider, it is no wonder we hear of so many possessed with devils John Adams
We made a mistake. We paid the farmers not to grow poppies. So all the other farmers started planting poppies. If we didn’t pay them, they had the poppies [to sell.] Hamid Karzai
… the army disease Anonymous
Of course, the primary interest of the Bureau of Narcotics is the enforcement aspect. From this point of view it is very unfortunate that Doctors Allentuck and Bowman should have stated so unqualifiedly that the use of marijuana does not lead to physical, mental or moral deterioration Harry J. Anslinger
Addiction, once developed, is a very chronic condition. It is admitted by the authorities, including the narcotics commissioner, that very few "cures" result from incarceration .... The idea of incarcerating even a hundred thousand, let alone a million, unfortunates for a term of five years is rather startling—especially considering that they are sick people, for the most part of average respectability and moral status, not markedly handicapped by their infirmity. John Main Coffee
Why should persons in authority wish to keep the dope peddler in business and the illicit drug racket in possession of its billion-dollar income? It will be obvious, I think, that this is the really significant question at issue. . . . If we, the representatives of the people, are to continue to let our narcotics authorities conduct themselves in a manner tantamount to upholding and in effect supporting the billion-dollar drug racket, we should at least be able to explain to our constituents why we do so John Main Coffee
There are 8,000 addicts in New York City. With legitimate supplies of drugs cut off, this small army would be likely to break out violently when the narcotic hunger becomes stronger. If the victims are permitted to roam about without the drugs they become dangerous. Royal Samuel Copeland
We are never going to lick this problem of the drug traffic until we get the addicts off the streets of this country. They have got to be taken off the streets Charles Ezra Daniel
For 40 years we have been looking for ways to make the existence of the narcotic drug addict just as tough as possible. For 40 years we have asked only what new penalties, what new police tech-niques, might make it easier to catch him and lock him up, whether as an ordinary criminal or, more recently, in connection with some more or less sincere efforts at rehabilitation in confinement. I believe that this entire approach is open to grave question as a practical matter Andrew A. Eggston
Marijuana is used largely in the form of cigarettes, which cause delusions and produce insanity and often lead to atrocities that only a drugsoaked mind could conceive. Marijuana is a sinister drug that has only recently become available and popular among the younger element Hamilton Fish
I am at the same time thoroughly convinced that there is no great increase in the use of narcotics in America. Nothing can be gained by magnifying real conditions (neither would it be right to do so), nor by hiding real conditions. Conditions are bad enough as they are, but not as bad as some try to depict. Roy Asa Haynes
Prohibition is the greatest effort for human advancement and betterment ever attempted in history Roy Asa Haynes
I regret I feel this passion, but they [alcoholics & drug addicts] have been relegated to dying in the street forever, and I want to get them out. I need your help to do it. I am angry, it is obvious. I am angry that the Department says they have everything they need, when everything in the country indicates it isn't being done. So, I will continue to be angry. I hope it will be a friendly anger as we try to work out these problems that we have between us. Harold E. Hughes
Wherever, in my work, I found Government relief works, within a stone's throw of every pay office a whisky shop started into operation. S. M. Hussey
We have heard that in your Honourable Barbarian Country the people are not permitted to inhale the drug. If it is admittedly so deleterious, how can your seeking profit by exposing others to its malific power be reconciled with the decrees of heaven? You should immediately have the plant plucked up by the very root. Cause the land there to be hoed up afresh, sow the five grains and if any man dare again to plant a single poppy, visit his crime with condign punishment. Then not only will the people of this Celestial Kingdom be delivered from an intolerable evil, but your own barbarian subjects, albeit forbidden to indulge, will be safeguarded against falling a prey to temptation. There will result for each the enjoyment of felicity. Lin Tse-hsu
Opium soothes; alcohol maddens. Joseph Lister
1. That no one shall invite another to drink under penalty of 3 sous; 2. That taverns shall be closed during the sermon, under penalty that the tavern -keeper shall pay 3 sous, and whoever may be found therein shall pay the same amount; 3. If anyone be found intoxicated he shall pay for the first offence 3 sous and shall be remanded to the consistory ; for the second offence he shall he held to pay the sum of 6 sous, and for the third 10 sous and be put in prison. Martin Luther
During the last 20 years cocaine as an addiction has ceased to be a problem New York City Mayor's Committee on Drug Addiction
There are no outdoor games in China, or indeed games except in a gambling sense. Absolute dullness and dreariness seem to prevail everywhere. As these two demons drive the Caucasian to drink, so they drive the Chinese to his opium….The Japanese to a man fear opium as we fear the cobra or the rattlesnake, and they despise its victims. Opium Investigating Committee
As regards the use of wine, remember that we drink to quench thirst, and that the limit of moderation is reached when the edge of the intellect is dulled. A boy should be brought up to avoid wine…. Your own countrymen, like all northern peoples, are, I know, sore offenders in this matter of eating and drinking. But I count upon your own innate self-respect to preserve you from such bad example, and to enable you to despise the sneers and complaints of those around you. Pius II
Agitating the community and increasingly forcing itself upon our attention is the narcotic drug evil. I am convinced that part of the agitation on this subject is due to the sensationalism of certain types of newspapers and magazines. Lurid, sensational articles, intended to inflame the imagination of young people and to make the whole subject mysteriously and morbidly attractive, have led to the prevalence of a belief that the use of narcotic drugs is much more general than it really is. Alfred E. Smith
used as oil to smooth the troubled water of our aggressive commercial policy Hamilton Wright
It is designed to place the entire interstate traffic in the habit forming drugs under the administration of the Treasury Department. It is the opinion of the American Opium Commission that it would bring this whole traffic and the use of these drugs into the light of day and thereby create a public opinion against the use of them that would be more important, perhaps, than the Act itself. Hamilton Wright
No prohibition of a vice is ever taken without protest. Hamilton Wright
In the United States, at least one druggist out of every ten exists by means of profits from the sale of habit-forming drugs, of which, of course, opium and its derivatives are most important. Hamilton Wright
The history of the opium fight forms a queer illustration of our National blindness to our own faults, and emphasizes our National tendency to see with amazing clarity, the sins of others, while remaining blind to our own viciousness Hamilton Wright
Uncle Sam is the Worst Drug Fiend in the World Of all the nations of the world the United States consumes most habit-forming drugs per capita. Opium, the most pernicious drug known to humanity, is surrounded, in this country, with far fewer safeguards than any other nation. Hamilton Wright
We found that we had captured, with the Philippines, an opium problem Hamilton Wright
Why attempt to keep drugs out of the country, or prevent them from being sold? After all, police can't be everywhere at once. Since choices have to be made, it will be tempting to let the drug trade proceed unmolested, then just go after the cash. Karen Selick
Bayer Heroin Bayer Corporation
I am going to St. Petersburg, Florida, tomorrow. Let the worthy citizens of Chicago get their liquor the best they can. I'm sick of the job--it's a thankless one and full of grief. I've been spending the best years of my life as a public benefactor. Al Capone
With regard to what is done in drunkenness, this state, voluntarily contracted, does not hinder the imputation of a bad action. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
The South is dry and will vote dry. That is everybody who is sober enough to stagger to the polls will. Will Rogers
Drunkenness was extremely common… It seemed for many the only refuge from depression and misery. The effect of drunkenness upon the ordinary relationship of husband and wife, parents and children, was disastrous. Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence
The British illicit trading of opium in China was rapidly staining the British character with deep disgrace Charles Elliot
A vast display of Imperial might has shaken all the foreign tribes, and, if they now confess their guilt, we will not be too hard on them. Lin Zexu
Your Majesty has not before been thus officially notified, and you may plead ignorance of the severity of our laws, but I now give my assurance that we mean to cut this harmful drug forever. Lin Zexu
Opium has a harm. Opium is a poison, undermining our good customs and morality. It is prohibited by law.,, However, recently the purchasers, eaters, and consumers of opium have become numerous. Deceitful merchants buy and sell it to gain profit. … If we confine our search for opium to the seaports, we fear the search will not be sufficiently thorough. We should also order the general commandant of the police and police- censors at the five gates to prohibit opium and to search for it at all gates. If they capture any violators, they should immediately punish them and should destroy the opium at once. As to Kwangtung and Fukien, the provinces from which opium comes, we order their viceroys, governors, and superintendents of the maritime customs to conduct a thorough search for opium, and cut off its supply. They should in no way … allow opium to be smuggled out China; Qing Dynasty
What governments decide is illegal is not always based on science. Drugs that are legal cause at least as much damage, if not more, than drugs that are illicit. Wim van den Brink
No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power. P. J. O'Rourke
Chemically induced hallucinations, delusions and raptures may be frightening or wonderfully gratifying; in either case they are in the nature of confidence tricks played on one's own nervous system. Arthur Koestler
Too many whites are getting away with drug use...Too many whites are getting away with drug sales...The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too. Rush Limbaugh
He rises about eight o’clock, drinks what he calls a julep, which is a large glass of rum sweetened with sugar, then walks, or more generally rides, round his plantation, view’s his stock, inspects his crops, and returns about ten o’clock to breakfast on cold meat or ham, fried hominy, toast and cider. . About twelve or one he drinks a toddy to create him an appetite for dinner, which he sits down to at two o’clock, He commonly drinks toddy till bed time; during all this time he is neither drunk nor sober, but in a state of stupefaction.... When he attends the Court House or some horse race or cock fight, he’ gets so egregiously drunk that his wife sends a couple of negroes to conduct him safe home. Anonymous
I used to go to the saloons with the baseball players, and while they would drink highballs and gin fizzes and beer, I would take lemonade Billy Sunday
The slums will be but a memory. Billy Sunday
The saloon is as dead as slavery. Josephus Daniels
I tell you ladies, there is nothing as exciting as smash, smash, smash. Carry Nation
I am defacing nothing. I am destroying. Carry Nation
Home Protection—protection against the tyranny of drink. Frances E. Willard
This is a war between the rum shops and women…only one can win. Frances E. Willard
Mother Thompson’s Crusade Anonymous
No nation alone, however great its vigilance, can erect a barrier high enough to keep out narcotics when opium is grown or drugs are manufactured without limitation or restriction. The nations of the world must be aroused to cooperate. William Randolph Hearst
The American who drinks wine is in danger of becoming the victim of drunkenness, licentiousness, and gambling. Rutherford B. Hayes
The exclusion of wine from the list of refreshments has turned out exceedingly well. There is a great deal of dissipation here [in Washington DC] At the reception of the British Minister, and that of the Mexican Minister, disgraceful things were done by young men, made reckless by too much wine. Hence the necessity of our course is obvious, and is commended in unexpected quarters. Many of the foreign gentlemen speak of it with approval. We shall stick to it. Rutherford B. Hayes
Mrs. Hayes has been from childhood a total abstainer. I was not a total abstainer when I became President. But the discussions which arose over the change at the President's house soon satisfied me that in this matter, if our example was to be useful, there was no half-way house for me. During the greater part of my term and at least for the last three years, I have been in practice and in theory a total-abstinence man, and I shall continue to be so. All statements inconsistent with the foregoing are without foundation. Rutherford B. Hayes
In view of the well known facts that the sale and use in the Army of the United States of intoxicating liquors is the cause of such demoralization among both men and officers, and that such sale and use give rise to a very large proportion of the cases before general and garrison courts martial, involving great expense and serious injury to the service, it is therefore directed that the Secretary of War take suitable steps, as far as practicable consistent with vested rights, to prevent the sale of intoxicating liquors (as a beverage) at the camps, forts, and other posts of the army. Rutherford B. Hayes
All Federal employees should be subjected to drug tests. Paula Hawkins
People who need [drug abuse] treatment have got to get it. You don't have to be a humanitarian to believe addicts need treatment. The public is threatened every time a drug addict is told to come back next week. Robert M. Hayes
If General Garfield [his successor as President] rejects the practice I have inaugurated he will offend thousands and drive them into the hands of the temperance demagogues. Rutherford B. Hayes
Ardent spirits [injured] the health, morals [and] economy of the community. Alexander Hamilton
I've never been a big fan of interdiction. Let's imagine for a minute that you could stop all drugs coming into the United States—all heroin, all cocaine. Synthetic drugs would take over within two months. Francis C. Hall
I know of nothing you can sell where you can make a greater profit than drugs—if you survive. Francis C. Hall
You bet I did. I enjoyed it. Michael Bloomberg
It has been demonstrated that the coca leaf does no harm to human health. Evo Morales
Addiction is a neurological disease—a disease of the brain…. No one wakes up in the morning and says today ‘I want to become an addict.’ Patrick J. Kennedy
Wars are hard to exit. Once a war against poverty, crime, or terrorism is launched. Announcing a unilateral truce is usually political suicide. Presidents get boxed into absolutist policies in which compromise is impossible and victory is the only acceptable outcome. Moises Naim
Public opinion in the United States is in favor of legalizing drugs. The one who is blind is the government. War on Drugs
The problem of marijuana has assumed the dimensions of a national emergency. Richard Nixon
My own interest in marijuana goes back many years, to the time when I was a member of the House of Representatives and, in that capacity, heard of the use of marihuana by soldiers stationed in Panama. I was impressed at that time with the report of an Army Board of Inquiry which emphasized the relative harmlessness of the drug and the fact that it played a very little role, if any, in problems of delinquency and crime in the Canal Zone. Fiorello H. La Guardia
The American people have said that they do not want any liquor sold, and they have said it emphatically by passing almost unanimously the constitutional amendment ` Andrew John Volstead
Our government has the weirdest bias against cannabis [Marijuana]. There's no reason for everybody to be so afraid of it. It's not the antichrist the DEA makes it out to be. Industrial hemp is a very useful plant. I challenged the attorney general to get rid of the criminal stigma associated with hemp so we can look at it in terms of how it might be useful. And government has no business telling us what we can and can't use for pain relief. Jesse Ventura
Reasoning with a drunkard is like going under water with a torch to seek for a drowning man. Thiruvalluvar
Wine is wont to show the mind of man. Theognis of Megara
The saloon is a liar. It promises good cheer and sends sorrow Billy Sunday
When the wine goes in, strange things come out. Johann Friedrich von Schiller
Take me to the driest county in the most conservative state, and in two hours this determined hedonist will find you all the drugs, whores, and booze you'll need to pass an eventful weekend. Dan Savage
Drunkenness, the ruin of reason, the destruction of strength, premature old age, momentary death. Basil the Great
Narcotics suppression is a very sexy political issue. John Erlichman
The consumption of drugs could be legalized, not penalized. Carlos Fuentes
I had two days spoiled by a psychological experiment with mescal, an intoxicant used by some of our Southwestern Indians in their religious ceremonies; a sort of cactus bud, of which the U.S. Government had distributed a supply to certain medical men, including Weir Mitchell, who sent me some to try. He had himself been 'in fairyland.' It gives the most glorious visions of color--every object thought of appears in a jeweled splendor unknown to the natural world. It disturbs the stomach somewhat, but that, according to W. M., was a cheap price. I took one bud three days ago, was violently sick for twenty-four hours, and had no other symptom whatever except that and the Katzenjammer the following day. I will take the visions on trust! William James
We need to repeal the whole war on drugs. It isn’t working. We have already spent over $400 billion since the early 1970s, and it is wasted money Ronald E. Paul
If we had probably a repeal of most of the federal laws on drugs and the unfairness on how Blacks are treated with these drugs laws, it would be a tremendous improvement. Ronald E. Paul
Little by little it dawned upon me that this law was not making people drink any less, but it was making hypocrites and law breakers of a great number of people. It seemed to me best to go back to the old situation in which, if a man or woman drank to excess, they were injuring themselves and their immediate family and friends and the act was a violation against their own sense of morality and no violation against the law of the land. Eleanor Roosevelt
Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against the possession of marijuana in private for personal use. Jimmy Carter
Evidence...proves that prohibition only drives drunkenness behind doors and into dark places, and does not cure it or even diminish it. Mark Twain
Evidence...proves that prohibition only drives drunkenness behind doors and into dark places, and does not cure it or even diminish it. Mark Twain
While the collateral consequences of drugs such as cocaine are indisputably severe, they are not unlike those which flow from the misuse of other, legal, substances Byron R. White
The new puritans have been highly successful. All of the preconditions for new prohibitions on alcohol and tobacco are in place. ... Indeed, the future agenda of the federal government has already been established to outlaw alcohol and tobacco in the near future. ... If current trends persist, America will be moving toward stricter prohibitions, greater restrictions, and more centralized control over consumption. This represents an erosion of liberty at its most fundamental level. Mark Thornton
All excess is ill, but drunkenness is of the worst sort. It spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men. It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, impudent, dangerous and mad. In fine, he that is drunk is not a man: because he is so long void of Reason, that distinguishes a Man from a Beast. William Penn
The demon of intemperance ever seems to have delighted in sucking the blood of genius and of generosity. What one of us but can call to mind some relative more promising in youth than all his fellows, who has fallen a sacrifice to his rapacity? Abraham Lincoln
Refrain from drink which is the source of all evil--and the ruin of half the workmen in this Country. George Washington
There are fifty churches in a city and a thousand saloons. The churches are open one day and two or three evenings in each week. The saloons are open every week-day all day long and far into the night. George Sherwood Dickerman
A male prisoner imprisoned in a county jail for being found intoxicated, for a breach of the peace, or for being a tramp, may be required to perform not more than ten hours of manual labor within or without the walls of such county jail each day of such imprisonment, except on Sundays or on legal holidays.' Vermont
The taxes derived from distilled and malt liquors and from tobacco, as reported by the United States Commissioner, in 1912 amounted to $290,250,000. This was considerably more than the entire congressional appropriations for the army and navy; and in sixteen months these taxes pour into the treasury more than the estimated cost of the Panama Canal. George Sherwood Dickerman
Certainly our democracy is not going to fall if you legalize marijuana. Asa Hutchinson
In the 13th century London had three times as many pubs as churches. Mike Loades
This law was not making people drink any less, but it was making hypocrites and law breakers of a great number of people. Eleanor Roosevelt
Terrible saloons might be, but they may be terribly wonderful. Jack London
Tremble King Alcohol—We Shall Grow Up Anonymous
Once the government starts forbidding things, then someone will come around the corner saying, “I’ve got it.” Pete Hamill
You put me in here a cub, but I will come out a roaring lion. Carry Nation
If we could make men sober, we would have no slavery. Frederick Douglass
A single glass of champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced: the imagination is agreeably stirred; the wits become more nimble. A bottle produces the opposite effect. Winston Churchill
Illegal stills had always been plentiful in the South, so Prohibition there did not have the bite that it had in the North. John F. Lehman
Show me one American drug kingpin who has been put in jail in America. There are a number of Hispanic kingpins from South and Central America but I don’t see any Mr. Smith’s. Ricardo Salinas Pliego
As long as there is a demand [for drugs], there will be a supply. John McCain
In some of our public schools drugs are easier to obtain than text books. Kweisi Mfume
The war on drugs is a war on our own families …. We have to move from a system that punishes to a system that treats. Arianna Huffington
Prohibition is an awful flop. We like it. It can't stop what it's meant to stop. We like it. It's left a trail of graft and slime, It don't prohibit worth a dime, It's filled our land with vice and crime. Nevertheless, we're for it. Franklin P. Adams
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves would restore us to sanity. Bill Wilson
Yes, cannabis is dangerous, but no more than other perfectly legal drugs. It's time for a rethink Boris Johnson
Incarcerating people for their [drug] consumption choices has the consistency of arresting a survivor of suicide for attempted murder. Ilana Mercer
A bird of Unmindfulness flutters o'er ale feasts Viking Proverb
Here we have drug that is not like opium. Opium has all of the good of Dr. Jekyll and all the evil of Mr. Hyde. This drug is entirely the monster Hyde, the harmful effect of which cannot be measured. Some people will fly into a delirious rage, and they are temporarily irresponsible and may commit violent crimes. Other people will laugh uncontrollably. It is impossible to say what the effect will be on any individual. Those research men who have tried it have always been under control. They have always insisted upon that. … It is dangerous to the mind and body, and particularly dangerous to the criminal type, because it releases all of the inhibitions. Harry J. Anslinger
… satanic music is driven by marijuana, and marijuana smoking by white women makes them want to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and others. It is a drug that causes insanity, criminality, and death — the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind. Harry J. Anslinger
Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded. Abraham Lincoln
We have lost the War on Drugs. We cannot arrest our way out of it….It’s a public health problem, not a crime problem. Peter Shumlin
Marijuana is not a dangerous drug. What is dangerous is the War on Drugs…. 750,000 people a year are arrested for marijuana. Nick Gillespie
… in light of the president's newfound boldness in speaking out about the unfairness of marijuana prohibition enforcement, he should take the opportunity to significantly reform federal marijuana policy and rearrange the agencies that have mismanaged it for so long. Tom Angell
It's not just the over $8 billion that we would be saving in law enforcement; it's also the over $8 billion that we would be making by taxing marijuana... We are filling our jails with nonviolent drug offenders -- predominantly young, predominantly African American... It's a great beyond left and right issue. It has support across the political spectrum and also the support of the majority of the American people. Arianna Huffington
Enforcing the costly and ineffective prohibition on marijuana drains limited resources that could be better spent on programs that more effectively serve the public and keep our cities safe from serious and violent crime... The United States Conference of Mayors believes that federal laws, including the Controlled Substance Act, should be amended to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana policies without federal interference... Until such time as federal law is changed, the United States Conference of Mayors urges the President of the United States to reexamine the priorities of federal agencies to prevent the expenditure of resources on actions that undermine the duly enacted marijuana laws of states. U.S. Conference of Mayors
[There are] roughly 50,000 arrests in New York City for marijuana possession [every year]... Of those 50,000 arrests, 82 percent are black and Hispanic... These arrests stigmatize, they criminalize, they create a permanent record. It's not fair, it's not right, it must end and it must end now... Stop stigmatizing these young people, making it harder to find a job, making it harder to get into school, making it harder to turn their lives around. Andrew Cuomo
If you want to go somewhere where you can smoke medicinal weed, then you ought to be able to do that. Rick Perry
We need to prioritize our law enforcement efforts, and if somebody's gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody else any harm, then perhaps there are other things that our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems that we have in society that are appropriate for law enforcement to do.” Sarah Palin
We waste a lot of time and law enforcement going after these guys that are smoking marijuana. Harry Reid
Many states have legalized medicinal marijuana. I believe the president and the Department of Justice ought to respect the will of these separate states... We are capable of self-government. We don't need some federal gendarme to come and tell us what to do. I believe comity toward the states...ought to govern the policy. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
I don't have a problem with states experimenting with [legalizing marijuana]. I think that's the role of states Ken Cuccinelli
Marijuana can be a highly effective treatment for PTSD, a condition afflicting nearly one in five veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And overwhelming scientific evidence has already proven marijuana's safety and efficacy for treating conditions like chronic pain, which affects many combat-injured veterans... Veterans in states without medical marijuana laws fare far worse. These veterans risk arrest for using marijuana to treat their combat injuries, joining the more than 800,000 Americans arrested annually for marijuana offenses... They deserve to receive medical advice from their VA doctors, not the DEA.” J. Robert Kerrey
Letting states legalize marijuana would free federal law enforcement resources for the more urgent tasks of thwarting, apprehending, and prosecuting international terrorists or murderers... As a matter of States' rights, regulating marijuana and alcohol seem indistinguishable; and, alcohol policy has been entrusted to the States since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 Grover Norquist
During my time at DEA, I saw how marijuana prohibition has done absolutely nothing to make Americans safer or healthier. It has only served to destroy millions of innocent lives, erode civil liberties, perpetuate a growing prison-industrial complex, and enrich and strengthen the most violent criminal organizations. Sean Dunagan
The war on drugs has failed. Its failure has been so categorical and self-evident that the statement itself is bromidic. By any reasonable metric of success—addiction rates, violence, the availability of drugs in our schools— it’s clear that our 40-year jihad against certain plants and chemicals has done far more harm than good. Sean Dunagan
Legalize it. Regulate it. Tax it... The arguments against marijuana today are the same as the arguments against liquor years ago. Tom Tancredo
Drug consumption, production and trafficking should be subject to global regulations, which means that consumption and production should be legalized but within certain limits and conditions. Otto Perez Molina
T]he criminalization of simple possession of marijuana has resulted in increased prison populations, devastating racial disparities and a lost generation of people with no education and no job prospects because of an arrest that haunts them for the rest of their lives... Steve Cohen
I strongly recommend that this Administration allow states that have chosen to legalize medical marijuana to enact strong regulations without fear of prosecution... Especially if we believe that, as Justice Brandeis said, states are the 'laboratories of democracy,' we should not interfere with the will of the people to enact these compassionate laws Steve Cohen
Drug money, such as booze money during Prohibition, has corrupted countless police, Drug Enforcement Administration agents, border patrol agents, prosecutors and judges... Because illegal drugs are unregulated, their purity is unknowable -- accounting for thousands of overdose deaths and injuries... Let's stipulate that some unknown number of Americans will become addicts after legalization, who otherwise would not have. We must ask whether the terrible price we are now paying -- in police costs, international drug control efforts, border security, foregone tax revenue, overdose deaths, corruption and violence -- is worth it. Mona Charen
Getting cigarettes out of the hands of kids before they get hooked, is family values. Al Gore
In Norway, as in America, prohibition has been carried through from moral motives; but the outcome has been highly unfavorable. In the first place, much more and far worse home-made spirits are drunk, so that intoxication has increased instead of decreasing. In the second place, Portugal and Spain, whose sales to Norway were suddenly stopped, grew furious and took revenge by ceasing to buy Norwegian klip-fish (salted and dried fish), which had been the chief nourishment of the poorer part of the population in those countries. Norwegian finances suffered severely in consequence. Georg Brandes
Women! We must be about the work of the Lord. There are yet some hell-holes here which have not been closed up … Carry Nation
After all is said that can be said upon the liquor traffic, its influence is degrading upon the individual, the family, politics and business, and upon everything that you touch in this old world Billy Sunday
I’ve been hosting the Today Show for 22 years. When I started, marijuana was illegal, and you could smoke cigarettes anywhere you wanted. Jay Leno
Let us remove this defect from an Irish priest, and he will be a saint. Oliver Plunkett
While the American proposals for the limitation of [opium] production may have been theoretically sound, the United States ignored the practical obstacles in the way of their achievement. In one sense these proposals were unfair, since they transferred the responsibility for suppressing the international drug traffic from the strong countries to lamentably weak governments such as those of China, Persia and Turkey. Financially, the United States stood to lose nothing and to gain everything by the acceptance of its proposals. The producing countries, as well as the governments of territories where smoking prevails, would on the other hand be obliged to give up revenues amounting to millions of dollars a year. In other words, the United States asked from the remainder of the world sacrifices which entailed no hardships for herself. Raymond Leslie Buell
The problem, therefore, reduced itself to [opium] production in Persia, Turkey, and Jugoslavia. The first of these countries declared that it could not restrict production without a loan of ten million tomans, customs autonomy, and a financial moratorium. The other two said that until other means of livelihood had been found for their peasant populations, production could not be limited. Raymond Leslie Buell
For the most part, the suppression of any kind of vice is regarded as a domestic problem, to be handled by one state without interference from its neighbors. But even leaving aside all moral considerations, it is true that so integrated has the world become that now-a-days one nation soon finds it impossible to prohibit the entrance of undesirable articles or persons into its own country without the cooperation of other countries. We have seen this in the case of liquor, drugs and immigrants. For these reasons the drug problem has become international. Raymond Leslie Buell
This is destined to be a very wealthy portion of the United States, and, if to this we can add the most temperate, nothing will prevent our rising, and becoming a valuable acquisition to the union. Much power now lies in your hands, and, I sincerely hope, we may commence our new career with a law in our statute books, prohibiting the manufacture and sale of ardent spirits in Oregon territory. George Abernethy
Since the creation of the world there has been no tyrant like Intemperance, and no slaves so cruelly treated as his. William Lloyd Garrison
It gives a new meaning to the expression, "High Court. James Brady
The problem of drugs is a national failure. We do not grow cocoa leaves in Albany. Mario Cuomo
That no measures will avail short of rendering ardent spirits a contraband of trade is nearly self evident. Lyman Beecher
It is the buyers who have created the demand for ardent spirits and made distillation and importation a gainful traffic .... Let the consumer do his duty, and the capitalist, finding his employment unproductive, will quickly discover other channels of useful enterprise. Lyman Beecher
I hear that opium smoking is strictly banned in England, and so England knows the harm that the drug does. If it does not allow it to poison its own people, it should not allow it to poison the people of other countries. Lin Zexu
No opium is exposed for sale in the shops, probably because it is a contraband article, but it is used with tobacco in all parts of the Empire. The Chinese indeed consider the smoking of opium as one of the greatest luxuries, and if they are temperate in drinking, they are often excessive in the use of this drug. Clarke Abel
The effect of the [opium prohibition] edict was electrical. Farmers stopped cultivation with little resistance. Smokers abandoned the habit by millions; it became unfashionable to smoke in public; and the young were constrained not to acquire the habit… H. B. Morse
Any foreigner or foreigners bringing opium to the Central land, with design to sell the same, the principals shall most assuredly be decapitated, and the accessories strangled. China
Heroin: Try it once … Hooked for life. Crime Stoppers
Last year as many Marylanders died of drug overdoses as died of homicides and traffic deaths combined. Martin Joseph O'Malley
People are slaves to a plant! Cocoa, cocaine, the coca plant—people are hooked on a vegetable! Pat Robertson
I really believe that we should treat marijuana like we treat beverage alcohol…. The War on Drugs is not working. Pat Robertson
I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol. I've never used marijuana and I don't intend to, but it's just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn't succeeded. Pat Robertson
I grew up in the streets of Pueblo [Colorado]. I never knew marijuana was illegal, Jeff Valdez
Growing up, I heard many people call my dad the “a” word — an addict. In reality, he was a brilliant man and the father of two girls. He played guitar, could fix anything that ran on electricity, and had a debilitating medical condition called a substance use disorder — a heroin addiction. He died much too young at the age of 48. When addiction hits your family, it’s like being hit head-on by a Mack Truck. It’s sleepless nights filled with worry, it’s desperate Googling, it’s dead-end streets, it’s isolation. And for those that have lost someone — a son, a daughter, a mom, a dad — it’s unimaginable pain. But unlike the support that erupts when other medical issues hit our neighbors — say cancer or Alzheimer’s — where are the offers for help, the casserole dishes, the warm cookies, “thinking of you” cards and potluck fundraisers? Much of the terminology used to describe addiction is disparaging — suggesting that addiction is a result of moral/personal failings, or that individuals choose to be addicted, or suffer a lack of willpower. As we know, addiction is a medical issue, and can be compounded by patient behavior just like many other illnesses, from type-two diabetes to heart disease and lung cancer. Jessica Hulsey Nickel
Across decades, the toll of deaths related to fraternity revelry and recklessness is surely in the hundreds. And while physical stress plays a role in some fatalities, most reflect the kind of extreme drinking that’s in the DNA of so-called Greek life. Do we need any cause beyond all of that dying to do away with fraternities wherever possible and to diminish their prominence at schools where various circumstances, including the housing that fraternities provide, prevent them from being shuttered? Frank Bruni