by Stefanie on 03/10/2014 | Cannabis News

10 quotations for an alternative drug policy

If you are involved with drug policy and the issue of cannabis legalisation, you will inevitably come across many opinions and comments by politicians, experts and activists. Sensi Seeds has compiled 10 quotations for its readership which call for an alternative drugs policy to be considered. The following statements continue to be clear and true, even if some of them are already several decades old.


If you are involved with drug policy and the issue of cannabis legalisation, you will inevitably come across many opinions and comments by politicians, experts and activists. Sensi Seeds has compiled 10 quotations for its readership which call for an alternative drug policy to be considered. The following statements continue to be clear and true, even if some of them are already several decades old.

Jimmy Carter

JimmyCarterThe former US President and Nobel Prize winner took a very clear stance during a message to the Congress in 1977:

“Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marijuana in private for personal use…Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce (28g) of marijuana.“

Juan Manuel Santos

juan manuelThe President of Columbia commented as follows on the issue of cannabis legalisation:

“If the world decides to legalise (drugs) and thinks that is how we reduce violence and crime, I could go along with that.”

Otto Pérez Molina

GUATEMALA-VENEZUELA-CHAVEZ-PEREZThe Guatemalan Ex-General has been President of the Republic of Guatemala since January 2012. Shortly after he entered into office, he called for crime to be combated by legalising cannabis. In the war against drugs, his country is among the most violent countries on the American continent:

“Consumption and production (of drugs) should be legalised but within certain limits.”

José Mujica

José MujicaUruguay’s President has followed through with this, by legalising cannabis in his country. The registration process for cannabis producers and home growers has officially begun:

“I’m scared by the drug trafficking, not by the drug.”

Gerhart Baum

Gerhart BaumThe German FDP politician and lawyer was the Federal Minister of the Interior of the FRG from 1978 to 1982. It is highly likely that with his comment on the issue of cannabis legalisation, it isn’t just friends that he’s made:

“The subject is still completely taboo. When someone tries to relax the rules, he is immediately accused of not protecting our children… I am in favour of conducting an open debate on the pros and cons of legalising cannabis.”

Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan NadelmannThe founder and Managing Director of the Drug Policy Alliance is quoted a great deal in the fight against drugs. There are sure to be many statements made by Mr Nadelmann that may be of use to you. Here is one that will make you stop and think:

“The business with drugs is capitalism. As long as there’s a demand, there’s a supply. We can, of course, eliminate the demand. All we have to do is convince the 200 million drug users to stop buying dope. But does that sound at all realistic?”

César Gaviria

César GaviriaHe was the President of Colombia from 1990 – 1994 and led the war against drugs during his term of office:

“An irrational and pointless drugs policy was partly responsible for that period.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.The US American Baptist Pastor, civil-rights activist and Nobel Prize winner was a familiar face in the fight against social oppression and racism:

“In any civilised society, it is every citizen’s responsibility to obey just laws. But at the same time, it is every citizen’s responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

Sebastián Marincolo

Sebastián MarincoloPhilosopher, consciousness researcher, creative director and writer. Sebastián Marincolo regularly publishes articles on the subject of cannabis on the Sensi Seeds blog:

“In a legal market, users would be better informed about which type of marijuana they are consuming. Standard product controls would ensure they could rely on the consistent quality and purity of the strain varieties they buy.”

“Popeye” Jhon Velásquez

„Popeye“ Jhon VelásquezThe Colombian assassin was working for the Medellín Cartel and has been detained at Cómbita high-security prison since 1992. He is a dangerous, unscrupulous man. Nevertheless, you cannot help but agree with this statement:

“I have been in prison for 20 years, but you won’t win this war. Never.”

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Cannabis N.I.

Very inspirational.

03/10/2014

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