„No one ever died from smoking marijuana, but millions of people have died by believing politicians. So why is marijuana outlawed while politicians are still legal?“

—  Harry Browne, p. 55
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„The smoke from burning marijuana contains many more cancer-causing substances than tobacco.“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
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„Despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of people have died — and that is a tragedy — I still believe that it was the right thing to do.“

—  Hazel Blears British politician 1956
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