The Best Marijuana Quotes of All Time

Partygoers dance and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Saturday April 19, 2014. The annual event is the first 420 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014.

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Marijuana may just be hitting the mainstream now that it’s legal in Colorado and Washington, but some people were speaking out about it for quite some time.

Here’s a list of our favorite 4/20 quotes:

"When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point." --Barack Obama

"That is not a drug. It's a leaf" --Arnold Schwarzenegger

“I know you’re supposed to tell kids not to do drugs, but, kids, do it! Do weed! Don’t do the other stuff, but weed is good” --Kevin Smith

"I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits - and millions of Americans agree with me." --Hunter S. Thompson

"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

“We all need something to help us unwind at the end of the day. You might have a glass of wine, or a joint, or a big delicious blob of heroin to silence your silly brainbox of its witterings but there has to be some form of punctuation, or life just seems utterly relentless.” --Russell Brand

“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.” --Jimmy Carter

"Selling pot allowed me to get through college and make enough money to start off in comedy." --Bill Maher

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More than half of Americans support marijuana legalization. Still, the federal government considers it a dangerous drug. This is a look at the science, the conversations, and the politics of pot.

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