Morgan Freeman has got that chill demeanour and that authoritative voice so you know whatever he says, you can trust. Now imagine him saying, “Smoke ’em if you got em.”
The longtime marijuana user went very public with his stance on the legalization of the drug and if he was on something at the time of his interview with The Daily Beast, we aren’t surprised.
“They used to say, ‘You smoke that stuff, boy, you get hooked!’ My first wife got me into it many years ago. How do I take it? However it comes! I’ll eat it, drink it, smoke it, snort it! This movement is really a long time coming, and it’s getting legs — longer legs. Now, the thrust is understanding that alcohol has no real medicinal use. Maybe if you have one drink it’ll quiet you down, but two or three and you’re f*cked.”
Why he’s so vocal? Well here are just a few of his reasons:
- “I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm (after shattering his left arm in a car accident in 1997), and the only thing that offers any relief is marijuana.”
- “They’re talking about kids who have grand mal seizures, and they’ve discovered that marijuana eases that down to where these children can have a life. That right there, to me, says, ‘Legalize it across the board!'”
- “And what negative effects does it have? Look at Woodstock 1969. They said, ‘We’re not going to bother them or say anything about smoking marijuana,’ and not one problem or fight. Then look at what happened in ’99.” (In reference to the less marijuana-friendly 30th-anniversary event, which resulted in riots and arrests.)
Naturally Freeman will do whatever it takes to take away the pain from his fibromyalgia and believes marijuana should be legalized. He has legitimate medicinal uses for it, and when his (or anyone’s) pain dissipates immediately, it’s going to feel like a miracle cure. So it shouldn’t be surprising that he’s singing pot’s praises.
Last year, Canada’s largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, called for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls on who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity.
“We have a lot of our adolescents smoking marijuana, so it does not do what it’s supposed to be doing,” Jurgen Rehm, director of social and epidemiological research at CAMH, said of criminalizing cannabis, at the time. “We push our youth, our adolescents into an illegal market, and where other drugs are sold from the same dealer. And we cannot control all of this unless we legalize the substance … plus we can control the potency and the quality too.”
That being said, opponents argue that the legalization simply isn’t worth the risk. They could counter that states Washington and Colorado, which legalized recreational marijuana sales in 2014, have gone downhill.
There’s this stigma that pot is the gateway to all the harder stuff and the reason young people lose their way. And that very well could be the case for some. But not everyone. To legalize or not to legalize will always be a hot-button topic and each side will argue it until the bitter end. And then some more.
Let’s face it, this debate is a bit of a buzzkill.