Five Best, Modern, Stoner Philosophy Quotes
Stoner Philosophy has a bad rap. To be honest, some of that rap is deserved. Personally, I have had some quite silly philosophical rants when baked. However, stoner’s have also contributed greatly to society as, unlike what DARE tried to tell you; numerous smart, individuals, smoke weed.
Some of these so-called stoners also are geniuses or leaders in their field. So read this article to see a stoner philosophy collection that showcases Carl Sagan, Barack Obama, Joe Rogan, Bill Maher, and Jack Herrer.
Carl Sagan (1934 to 1996)
Carl Sagan was an esteemed astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, author, educator, and the host of the PBS show Cosmos. Sagan graduated from the University of Chicago in 1955 with a B.S in Physics in 1955, a Masters Degree in Physics in 1956, and earned a doctorate degree in astronomy and astrophysics in 1960. After graduation, he was a researcher at Harvard, University, and he became a professor at Cornell University in 1968, where he appointed as a director for Cornell’s Laboratory for Planetary Studies
Sagan is best known by the general public for the television show Cosmos that first appeared on PBS in 1980. Cosmos was praised for its uses of video special effects where, instead of cheap-looking sets, Sagan was able to walk through sophisticated special effects, scientific models. Cosmos initially only aired for 13, one-hour, episodes. In 1989, Ted Turner purchased the rights to Cosmos and another 14 episodes were filmed.
Sagan’s Stoner Philosophy
Because of cannabis being illegal Sagan was only able to convey his thoughts on cannabis anonymously. As a result, Sagan was forced to be a closet stoner. The following quote greatly represents why outlawing cannabis is absurd:
“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.”-Car Sagan
Barack Obama (1961-)
Everyone should know who Barack Obama is and his claim to fame as the 44th president of the United States. Whether you like him, hate him, or don’t care, he was the first US president who openly admitted to both smoking and inhaling the Devil’s Lettuce, MARIHUANA!
This quote says it all:
“When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point.-Barack Obama
Obama’s quote shows that he respected the American public enough to not try to blow smoke up their ass (Pun Intended) by saying he did not inhale.-
Joe Rogan (1967 to ____)
Joe Rogan is a Renaissance Man of the 21st Century. He is an accomplished martial artist, stand-up comedian, actor, UFC color commentator, self-sufficiency advocate, game show host, and has a number one podcast in the nation. Below is a summarized timeline of his career path.
● Stand Up Comedian (1988 to 1994)
● News Radio (TV Show-1995 to 1999)
● Fear Factor (TV/Game Show (2001 to 2006)
● UFC Color Commentary (1997 to Present)
● Joe Rogan Experience Podcast (December 24, 2009, to Present)
Rogan is also known for being an advocate of sensory deprivation and isolation tanks.
The Joe Rogan Experience
The Joe Rogan Experience is the number one Podcast for English speaking markets. It is known for bringing on a diverse blend of guests ranging from Matthew Walker (Sleep Expert), Mike Tyson, and Elon Musk. On May 19, 2020, Rogan signed a multiple-year contract, concerning the Joe Rogan Experience, with Spotify that has been estimated at nearly $100 million.
Joe Rogan is also a Cannabis Advocate and user. Rogan’s philosophy on weed says it all on the absurdity of Cannabis Prohibition.
“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
Bill Maher (1956 to )
Maher started out as a stand-up comedian and evolved into a political commentator. His first foray into politics occurred in, Comedy Central’s Politically In Correct, which was on the air from 1997 to 2002.
It featured individuals in the entertainment industries along with politicians, pundits, and other political scientists. It was a half-hour show and featured guests from all sides of the political aisles. The invited guests discussed the top and timely stories that were occurring at that time. Maher described it as the “Mclaughlin Group on Acid.” Politically incorrect was canceled in 2003 when he made a controversial statement concerning the 911 terrorists.
In 2003, Bill Maher started, on HBO, Real Time With Bill Maher. Real-Time had roughly the same format where he featured entertainers and political figures who talked about politics and other issues that were happening. An example of the political range of the celebrities that appear on Real Time is the Conservative, right-wing Pundit Ann Coulter, Tommy Lahren, and the liberal actor Tim Robbins. Real Time has been on the air for 18 seasons and has aired nearly 500 episodes.
“Whenever the people are for gay marriage or medical marijuana or assisted suicide, suddenly the ‘will of the people’ goes out the window.”
Jack Herrer (1939 to 2010)
Jack Herer is the least known person on this list. He started out in the cannabis industry making glass pipes and owned a head shop in Portland, Oregon. Eventually, he became a pioneering cannabis activist. Herrer advocated that cannabis and hemp should be legalized as it can be used as a medicine, paper, renewable food source, and much more.
Herer is best known for being the author of the book, The Emperor Wears No Clothes, which is one of the most respected sources on weed. The Emperor Wears No Clothes details the various uses of hemp and cannabis.
This groundbreaking book has been used to help in the battle for hemp and weed legalization. As of 2012, there have been 12 published editions. This book is still in print. For more information on this classic, book click on the link below.
Herer’s quote below beautifully illustrates the hypocrisy of weed being illegal.
“Alcohol and tobacco kill and shorten the life of millions. Marijuana has not killed anyone. So, why is weed illegal? “If you substitute marijuana for tobacco and alcohol, you’ll add eight to 24 years to your life.”
These quotes go to show that the stereotype of an uneducated definition of a “Stoner” isn’t necessarily valid. For example, Carl Sagan was a genius, and even if you detested Barack Obama; it would be hard to deny that he wasn’t extremely bright. A few of these quotes conceded that weed can be abused; yet so can alcohol, prescription pain medicine, and food. So, maybe the devil’s lettuce ain’t so bad, after all?