Drug Prohibition Quotes

Drug Prohibition Quotes by William Magee, Bertrand Russell, Milton Friedman, Dan Quayle, Mark Twain, Mercedes McCambridge and many others.

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I’d rather that England should be free than that England should be compulsorily sober. With freedom we might in the end attain sobriety, but in the other alternative we should eventually lose both freedom and sobriety.
William Magee
Power is sweet; it is a drug, the desire for which increases with a habit.
Bertrand Russell
Legalizing drugs would simultaneously reduce the amount of crime and raise the quality of law enforcement. Can you conceive of any other measure that would accomplish so much to promote law and order?
Milton Friedman
Congress should definitely consider decriminalizing possession of marijuana. We should concentrate on prosecuting the rapists and burglars who are a menace to society.
Dan Quayle
Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.
Mark Twain
Alcohol is a very patient drug. It will wait for the alcoholic to pick it up one more time.
Mercedes McCambridge
While democracy must have its organizations and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty.
Charles Evans Hughes
Liquor prohibition led to the rise of organized crime in America, and drug prohibition has led to the rise of the gang problems we have now.
Drew Carey
Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people on earth.
Will Rogers
Alcohol didn’t cause the high crime rates of the ’20s and ’30s, Prohibition did. And drugs do not cause today’s alarming crime rates, but drug prohibition does.
James Carriger Paine
Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.
W. C. Fields
Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
Albert Einstein
Decriminalization would take the profit out of drugs and greatly reduce, if not eliminate, the drug-related violence that is currently plaguing our streets.
Kurt Schmoke
When we finally decide that drug prohibition has been no more successful than alcohol prohibition, the drug dealers will disappear.
Ron Paul
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others.
Thomas Jefferson
On prohibiting anybody from learning anything: Why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people on earth.
Will Rogers
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
Henry David Thoreau
Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.
Harry J. Anslinger
It is not the function of government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.
Robert H. Jackson
Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing.
Harry J. Anslinger
Every friend of freedom… must be as revolted as I am by the prospect of turning the United States into an armed camp, by the vision of jails filled with casual drug users and of an army of enforcers empowered to invade the liberty of citizens on slight evidence.
Milton Friedman
Laws provide against injury from others; but not from ourselves.
Thomas Jefferson
Whenever the offence inspires less horror than the punishment, the rigour of penal law is obliged to give way to the common feelings of mankind.
Edward Gibbon
Every hour spent investigating a drug user or seller is an hour that could have been used to find a missing child.
Randy Barnett
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.
C. S. Lewis
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
Upton Sinclair
Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.
Ronald Reagan
Children are often the silent victims of drug abuse.
Rick Larsen