Morgan Freeman on Cannabis: Legalize it across the board!
Oscar-winning Morgan Freeman is not only a familiar face on the big screen, but is perhaps even more memorable for his highly sought-after narration.
Today he lends that resonant voice to promote cannabis medical freedom.
Freeman, now age 77, fondly remembers his healing experience using cannabis medicine for pain after a serious car accident shattered his left arm, shoulder and elbow in 2008.
Raw Story reports that he told Daily Beast, that medical marijuana was the only thing that helped him. He is open about his strong support for cannabis use, and opposition of the hypocrisy surrounding the encouragement of drinking alcohol – which he feels is not remedial in the least.
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 fucked.
Unlike the comedic antics of Seth Rogen, who recently invited fans to “href=”http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/nov/27/seth-rogen-invites-fans-to-smoke-weed-marijuana-colorado” target=”_blank”>get baked” with him and starred in the marijuana comedy, Pineapple Express – Freeman openly and deeply appreciates the medicinal uses.
He readily expressed his zeal for legalization, for himself, children and future generations, when he said:
Marijuana has many useful uses. I have fibromyalgia pain in this arm, 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, ‘Legalise it across the board!’
Freeman thinks that government intervention through criminalization, such as siccing law enforcement on marijuana users, causes unnecessary suffering and creates more, unneeded conflict. He uses the two Woodstock events to support his argument. He thought that by being left alone, the original Woodstock attendees both experienced and produced peace. In 1999, however, it was a different story with riots and arrests.
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.