“I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?”
– Willie Nelson, speaking the truth about cannabis.
Though this is our 68 quotable Saturday, it is, surprisingly enough, the first time we’ve quoted Willie Nelson. Not sure why we waited until know because the above quote makes quite clearly two very important points regarding cannabis. One, that it is not a drug in that it is not addictive and that most people who use it do so by choice and for enjoyment, and it has no deleterious impact on their lives. His second point, with or without a God factor, is that there is no basis for the government to dictate to us whether we use it or not.
None of this sounds terribly controversial right now, but we should remember that years ago when Willie Nelson was saying this like this, he was angering and horrifying a large swath of the country.