17 of the Most Memorable Cannabis and Weed Quotes of All Time

There are so many profound, inspirational quotes from notable folks over the years who have described their experiences of getting high in such a great way, that it’s necessary that we gathered them all up and combined them for you. These quotes dive right into the enjoyment of smoking weed, the injustice of the laws and stigma around it, and how it soothes the mind and the soul.

Think of these the next time you want to get a little inspired when you’re enjoying a little cannabis. Maybe you’ll come up with something inspirational we can share in a few years in an updated post – you never know!

Here are 17 of the most memorable weed quotes of all time.

“The biggest killer on the planet is stress, and I still think that the best medicine is and always has been cannabis.” – Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson has always had a way with words, but this quote was the perfect one to start with because of how it tackles the calming, soothing way that enjoying weed has on those who consume it. And, he’s right – stress is rampant in this day and age, and there’s no better remedy.

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

This quote should ring true to any habitual weed smoker who spends their high time in deep thought and meditation. Do your best creative works come to you when you’re high? How about the deepest conversations? Cannabis has a way with melting your mind so that you’re able to think clearer and deeper. Plus, Bob Marley is revered by all of those across the world who enjoy cannabis. His words really sum up the entire experience.

“People say you can abuse marijuana. Well shit, you can abuse cheeseburgers too, you know? You don’t go around closing Burger King because you can abuse something.” – Joe Rogan

Without getting too deep into politics surrounding the weed industry, there is a lot of hype around not being able to function while high, but not a lot of hype around other similar drugs, like alcohol. Bill Hicks has a point – we consume and consume and consume, and it can become abuse. But with marijuana, most users aren’t abusing, they’re just using. And, people are imprisoned for just using. Just food for thought.

“If you substitute marijuana for tobacco and alcohol, you’ll add eight to 24 years to your life.” – Jack Herer

No truer words have been spoken – alcohol and tobacco are both proven to be harmful substances to put in your body, and Jack Herer really sums up what a hypocritical belief that really is. With marijuana, there’s no real scientific proof that you’ll cut years off of your life for smoking a few joints, but with alcohol and tobacco, there’s definitive proof of significant health issues.

“I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?” – Willie Nelson

Ah, Willie Nelson again with the brilliance. There is lots of thought that weed is a bad thing, that the people who smoke it are bad. But, it is a natural substance that wasn’t formulated in a lab or brewed in a brewery. It’s a real, true plant that grows and lives and breathes the same air that we do. Can’t be too bad, right?

“The fact that, in the United States, there are people serving ten-year prison terms for growing marijuana plants in their backyards while Wall Street racketeers, who have defrauded millions of people and destroyed the global economy, walk free is a kind of bizarre hypocrisy that boggles my mind.” – Mark Haskell Smith

Another intelligent, well-spoken thought to the point that many speak to regarding why it’s such a bad offense to be caught with marijuana when other offenders get off easy doing much worse crimes. There’s not a clear understanding of why lawmakers choose to prosecute weed-related crimes as harshly as they do, but there is a recognizable unfairness there that this quote really captures and speaks to in a brilliant way.

“Alcohol and marijuana, if used in moderation, plus loud, usually low-class music, make stress and boredom infinitely more bearable.” – Kurt Vonnegut

We’ll smoke to that! Kurt Vonnegut, the famous novelist whose wordsmithing led him to many famous books, sums it up quite nicely in this quote. Doesn’t he describe what sounds like a pleasant, relaxing night? A little bit of alcohol, a little weed, some music, some friends – all in all, really appealing circumstances that we wouldn’t mind being in right now.

“Marijuana has killed far fewer people than swimming pools; it’s the war against it that does all the violence.” – Lawrence Reed

Not that we can verify this quote or anything, but it certainly applies to many types of fatalities – alcohol poisoning, drunk driving, etc have all contributed to the fateful deaths of many people across the world. Marijuana, on the other hand? Most arguments against legalizing describe marijuana as a “gateway drug,” but you won’t hear anyone referring to alcohol as a “gateway.” Just saying.

“It really puzzles me to see marijuana connected with narcotics, dope, and all of that stuff. It is a thousand times better than whiskey. It is an assistant and a friend.” – Louis Armstrong

This is one of the loveliest quotes that we’ve seen about marijuana – Louis Armstrong sums it right up with honesty and love. Marijuana isn’t a killer like opioids or narcotics – it can calm and soothe and ease aches and pains. And, imagine Louis Armstrong putting this to the tune of one of his famous songs – just eases you right down, doesn’t it?

“I find it quite ironic that the most dangerous thing about weed is getting caught with it.” – Bill Murray

Bill Murray is, for the most part, almost always a hilarious man. And this quote isn’t any different – he says the worst thing that can happen to you while enjoying marijuana is to get caught with it. Rings true in our book!

“Is marijuana addictive? Yes, in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating.” – Richard Neville

This is a great quote by Richard Neville that really embodies the feeling that most of us have about enjoying weed – is it great? Yes! Is it something you might want to do every day? Yes! But is it the same as a tobacco or alcohol addiction? For most, no.

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

I mean, if Thomas Jefferson endorses it…

“If people let government decide which foods they eat and medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson

To continue on the trend on weed wisdom from Thomas Jefferson, this quote is a great reminder of the threat of big government on the weed industry and how it is quite unfortunate that they are so adamant about what the general public decides to put in their bodies – especially a natural substance like marijuana.

“Prohibition… goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control mans’ appetite through legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not even crimes… A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our Government was founded.” – Abraham Lincoln

Another great quote from a former president. Who knew that we had so many marijuana advocates in the government years ago?

“Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.” – Bob Marley

For those who want something as a gentle reminder that marijuana does tend to bring people together, to ease tensions and to relieve pains – even mental pains. There’s no greater wisdom than this quote by Bob Marley.

“Marijuana should be legalized. All drugs should be legalized. I’m tired of all the best party people being caged.”  – Thor Benson

Well, isn’t this the nicest quote you could read today! Thanks, Thor Benson – we don’t think all the best party people should be caged, either. Not sure we vote yes on all drugs being legalized, but the marijuana party people are the best party people.

“Intoxication decontrols the mind and sets it free. The challenge lies in harnessing the power of the free mind.” – Tapan Ghosh

We’re going to end this series of quotes with final words from Tapan Ghosh for you to sit on and absorb for a while. A really profound, beautiful statement on the power of the free mind.