Marc Emery is a Modern Thomas Jefferson

America’s Founding Fathers used cannabis for many practical, everyday things, and to get high. If they could see us now, sending former cannabis seed retailer Marc Emery to rot in the godforsaken gulag of America, the world’s largest jailer, they would be spinning in their graves so fast that we could solve climate change by generating energy from the spinning corpses of America’s Founding Fathers.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Zachary Taylor and Franklin Pierce were early American presidents and cannabis users, according to Dr. Burke, president of the American Historical Reference Society and a consultant for the Smithsonian Institute.

According to, “Hemp farmer Thomas Jefferson and paper maker Ben Franklin were ambassadors to France during the initial surge of the hashish vogue. Their celebrity status and progressive revolutionary image afforded them ample opportunities to try new experiences. Jefferson smuggled Chinese hemp seeds to America and is credited with the phrase in the Declaration of Independence, “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” ” Thomas Jefferson and George Washington used to exchange gifts of hemp smoking blends.

The Chinese valued their cannabis genetics so much that it was a capital offense to smuggle hemp seeds out of the country. Should Thomas Jefferson have been executed by the Chinese for smuggling the hemp seeds that were so essential to many aspects of early American everyday life? Should Marc Emery be jailed because he was fundraising for the legalization movement?

Here are some pro-cannabis and anti-prohibition quotes by some of America’s most influential historical and contemporary figures.

“Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!”

George Washington, U.S. President, in a note to his gardener at Mount Vernon

“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.” – Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President

“Some of my finest hours have been spent on the back of my veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as the eye can see.” – Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President

“We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.”

John Adams, U.S. President

“Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica.” –Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President, from a letter written by Lincoln during his presidency to the head of the Hohner Harmonica Company in Germany

“Prohibition… goes beyond the bound 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, U.S. President

“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 marihuana 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 of marihuana.” – Jimmy Carter, U.S. President

“I inhaled frequently. That was the point.” – Barack Obama, U.S. President

“The war on drugs has been an utter failure. We need to rethink and decriminalize our nation’s marijuana laws.” –Barack Obama, U.S. President

“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” – Carl Sagan, renown scientist, astronomer, astrochemist, author and TV host

“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?” – Henry Ford, whose first Model-T car was constructed from hemp fibers and built to run on hemp gasoline

“The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.” – Albert Einstein, famous theoretical physicist

“Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of the prohibitionists at face value, marijuana prohibition has done far more harm to far more people than marijuana ever could.” William F. Buckley, Jr., prominent conservative, author, commentator and TV personality

“That is not a drug. It’s a leaf.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California

Feel free to post more pro-cannabis quotes or criticism in the comments section.



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  3. Adam on

    Oh and the price was just right, he was more than generous with the portions. I even received free Siberian Ginseng due to a clerical error. It’s startlingly effective, and the consistency of the effects apparently desired are surprising to someone who is used to the pharmaceutical garbage people try to pass off as “medicine.”

  4. Adam on

    Hey Chris thanks for the M. Tenuiflora and the B. Caapi, I made them right and treated her with all the respect I had.
    The things I learned those nights were great secrets, secrets hidden in shadows so deep that they cannot be shared, but must be learned.
    Skeptics, my business with The Urban Shaman has improved my life and brought me exactly the answers I was looking for. The remainder has been sealed hermetically in my refridgerator for almost a year, waiting to answer life’s most important questions, should I fail to do so myself.

    If you think he is selling other things which are “toxic,” don’t buy them. As for the clueless, it’s their fault for being clueless. I have been able to use Erowid since high school and have prevented my “clueless” friends from hurting themselves with street drugs; clueless people always find a way to hurt themselves, and it usually begins with a lack of education. That’s their responsibility, not Mr. Bennett’s.

  5. Adam on

    “The frickin’ white house won the war”
    I meant to say
    “The frickin’ white house got burned down twice in a row.”
    That’s a little more ILLUMINATIng.

  6. Anonymous on

    If Americans won the War of 1812, they wouldn’t have had to sign a fistful of treaties promising the Queen supreme powers over the government of America and its constitution, which she still holds today – over America and every commonwealth country. Any member of these 30+ federal governments can be dismissed by her WHIM alone, including presidents, prime ministers, members of the senate and house, MLAs in Canada, everyone.
    You guys didn’t really win the war, it’s a lie. The frickin white house won the war, America signs all those treaties – even saying in one, that you may never, ever appoint a monarch – and you think you won?
    The lie was sown into your hearts and minds so that one day in our near future the bloodshed would be renewed at the slightest hint of progress toward real independence. You have made no gains, taken no steps toward truly freeing your country, and England sits in the shadows pulling the strings for another 200 years. Her family didn’t become richer than the pope by sipping tea all day.

  7. Jackaroo on

    Genesis 1:29-31

    29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

  8. Chris Bennett on

    Oh really like what particular piece of quote that I have used or written about do you have a problem with? Or are you just making anonymous baseless claims? and who is “we”?

    No disrepsect meant for the article, but it is best to stop such innacurate ideas from spreading around i actually appreciate it when someone points out a mistake like that in something I have written, so I can either verify it or drop it…. and after 3 books and dozens of articles, its not like i haven’t dropped a thing or two over the years.

  9. Chris Bennett on

    The cops have been by, but since they could not identify any illegal activity they left. Are you the anonymous “informer”? I thought it was some disgruntled Freemansons… or perhaps we are dealing with one and the same here? What cowardly threats.

    All plants, mushrooms and cacti should be legal. It is our collective natural right, only a huckster sellling facisim would disagree with that and I am not buying it.

  10. Anonymous on

    “Marijuana-The Path to Revolution” -T.A. Sedlak

  11. slug vision on

    yeah but half of the german civilians had to suffer because of rosevelt the loser giving the soviets half of what wasnt his to give. jean dixon warned him but he being the dumb cunt he was, didnt liston. if only they had listond to jean dixon- the white house prophet. look her up you might learn a thing or to. also look up wolf messing- stalins seer. Most people are ignorant fools, but there are those with phycic gifts. we would do wise to hear them out instead of shut them up!

  12. SnakeSK on

    Hitler has lost cause of Russia not US remember that.

  13. Anonymous on

    Dude! Hittler didnt hate injuns just jews cause he was one and he hated himself.

  14. Anonymous on

    No, the British don’t need to leave, you do. You see, here’s how it works; a group of people with little knowledge of weaponry and military tactics can occupy an unexplored territory by simply walking in. Holding that territory is a different matter. Obviously, the British or the French had the capability to wipe out all of the natives if they wanted to spend the time and effort doing it. They decided to take the less violent route and make treaties with them. In short, don’t get the crazy idea that being the first into a territory gives you eternal entitlement to it. Nobody has entitlement to any part of the earth. You hold that territory only as long as somebody more militarily advanced than you doesn’t come along and take it. Might not sound fair but that’s the way it has always been in the whole world. It ensures that the best line of human genetics, the most intelligent and efficient one, gets the prime territory and therefore reproduces more. I don’t think the native line is superior to the Caucasian line. I have seen no evidence of that. Looks to me like the Caucasians were and are far more advanced in all respects other than perhaps environmentalism and religion. If they had simply declined to invade America on the grounds that natives were there first, imagine how the world would be today. America would be a sitting duck for any evil nation to invade. Hitler would have taken it over and killed all the natives in gas chambers. Be thankful to your gods that the British and French came before the Germans.

  15. Kyle on

    Who won the war of 1812? Who won Vietnam? Who is winning the war in iraq? This Is just another case of American ignorance

  16. Sponge Bob Marley on

    Seems there are lots of people who are displeased concerned about overpriced toxic herbs being sold to clueless stoners, Surem buyer beware, but these guys are so unaware that they may require some protection from enthogenic hucksters . Botany bullies of all stripes – beware!

    Marc Emery needs company- it could be you

  17. Anonymous on

    G. Washington was american! he threw your stupid crown out!! As long as you suck the crowns dick ? well your just SLAVES and deserce what coming because you are slaves CROWN FUCK the crown and the boat like a turd floated in on, TIME for all slaves of the crown to leave!! or face your fates? ya bitches pussey ass canadains chould NOT FIGHT worth a shit in NAM in IRAQ! and anywere they go! akid with a ak can and has killed a whole patrol some tropps you have there. But there no better than NAZIS now! oh dont think answer who? attack Britian?? or canada??… answer no on?? So add another to your list, lyder to your own people??, slaves.

  18. Anonymous on

    Who the fuck said that tommey did anything great?? He DID NOT!! write the u.s. consitition at all it was readed to him and he wrote it down. if marc klike tommey….NOT!!Tommey threw out the british crown!! Marc will NEVER be like tommey because hes a BRITISH SUBJECT!! get it? a SLAVE with a slaves mind thinking too! PLEASE! dont compare a failed plan to a person who plan…WORKED!! But then again your all just british slaves that need to take your fuck up ways and LEAVE!! before we MAKE YOU LEAVE!BRITISH the ASSHOLE OF THE WORLD FOR %))YEARS AND RUNNING?? we dont think so anymore.

  19. Sponge Bob Marley on

    Well we doubt the authenticity of 85% of the stuff you write Bennett, and we can barely follow the remaining 15%- but do we buzzkill your trip? No.. we let you vend questionable magic herbs and write whatever fantasy you want,, and they are legion

    free country here , especially in Mark Emerys backroom that you rent

  20. Anonymous on

    The US federal government would put George Washington in prison for 10 years for conspiracy to manufacture because he counseled his gardener to grow Cannabis everywhere. This perfectly illustrates how far the US has veered from the intentions of the founding fathers. When a law makes the first President a criminal worthy of a 10 year prison sentence, you know there’s a serious problem. But of course congress is full of nothing but people who are smarter than George Washington, right? Perhaps someone could send a form letter to each member of congress saying “I (insert name of congressman here) hereby declare that I am a better judge of what is right for America than George Washington and I want everyone to know it”. Then run the list of names on YouTube.

  21. Chris Bennett on

    I doubt the authenticity of this Jefferson quote “Some of my finest hours have been spent on the back of my veranda, smoking hemp and observing as far as the eye can see”, which I have never seen before and the Lincoln quote “Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica” which i tried to track down and authenticate some years back,and was unable too.

  22. Mokkie on

    I don’t know. I never smoked AstroTurf. ~Tug McGraw, when asked if he preferred grass or artificial turf, 1974

    “When a private enterprise fails, it is closed down; when a government enterprise fails, it is expanded. Isn’t that exactly what’s been happening with drugs?”
    – Milton Friedman quote on Marijuana

    “An acre of the best ground for hemp, is to be selected and sewn in hemp and be kept for a permanent hemp patch.” – Thomas Jefferson’s Garden book 1849

  23. Anonymous on

    Marc can tell the judge he was only doing what George Washington suggested. “Make the most of the Indian hemp seed, and sow it everywhere!”
    – George Washington

    Then he can ask the judge what he thinks an appropriate sentence would be for the offense of obeying the suggestions of the first President of the United States of America. Then ask him if he’d mind if CC does a story about his answer and sends it out to to every elementary and high school in America.

  24. Anthony L on

    Carl Sagan is the MAN. He wrote this essay in “1969 for publication in Marihuana Reconsidered (1971).”
    There are a great many quotes one could pull from the essay…
    “Looking at fires when high, by the way, especially through one of those prism kaleidoscopes which image their surroundings, is an extraordinarily moving and beautiful experience.”
    “There is a myth about such highs: the user has an illusion of great insight, but it does not survive scrutiny in the morning. I am convinced that this is an error, and that the devastating insights achieved when high are real insights”
    Rest In Peace Carl!

  25. Dan-o on

    Well, as I understand it, the main supporters are beer companies and the pharmaceutical companies. I’d like them to show me the dead bodies from marijuana. But they can’t because there aren’t any.

    The only dead bodies from marijuana are in the prisons and at the hands of the police. This is ridiculous.
    -Jack Herer

  26. slade420 on

    “When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself.” – Bob Marley