Advocacy

They Said It On Marijuana, Quotable Saturday, Part XL

On Thanksgiving Day we did a blog post listing out some of the cannabis related things for which we are thankful. One of the things for which we gave thanks was for our nation’s trend towards legalization:

“We are thankful for voters realizing that each individual should be able to decide especially for him or herself regarding cannabis. We are thankful for the fact that this desire to normalize cannabis is spreading across the United States. We are particularly thankful for the tens of thousands of people NOT going to jail this year for marijuana. But we would be remiss on this Thanksgiving Day if we did not call for pardoning more than just turkeys: those serving prison sentences for marijuana — especially those who did nothing but have it in their possession — should be pardoned as well.”

Our quote this week is from Darryl Gates, former Chief of Police for Los Angeles until 1992:

“Casual drug users should be taken out and shot.”

Gates then went on to make clear that the above statement “was aimed at those ‘who blast some pot on a casual basis’ despite the illegality of the act, as opposed to hard-core addicts who are driven by their physical need for illicit drugs.”

We like this quote because it shows how much views towards marijuana have changed. More importantly, we see this quote as highlighting the lengths to which some people will go to try to stop it and as a stark reminder that there are still some Darryl Gates’ like people out there, still eager to eradicate marijuana entirely.