Cannabis Quote of the Day: Carl Sagan


Carl Sagan portrait by Pat Linse

“I am convinced that there are genuine and valid levels of perception available with cannabis (and probably with other drugs) which are, through the defects of our society and our educational system, unavailable to us without such drugs.”
~ Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan (1934-1996) was a lifelong user of marijuana.
Under the pseudonym “Mr. X,” he contributed an essay about smoking cannabis to Dr. Lester Grinspoon’s 1971 book Marihuana Reconsidered. After the famous astronomer’s death, his friend Dr. Grinspoon revealed this information to Sagan’s biographer, Keay Davidson.
The publishing of Davidon’s biography, Carl Sagan: A Life in 1999 brought attention to Sagan’s cannabis use and advocacy.

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Carl Sagan